This seems apropos, given the recent obsession hereabouts with climate-change research. On February 11, 2010, NASA launched the Solar Dynamics Observatory atop an Atlas V rocket, and Barbara Tomlinson made the following video. This is the point in the launch just before the rocket goes supersonic, when it sends out a series of concentric pressure waves that destroy the sun dog in the right side of the frame:
Here’s a longer version (complete with cheesy soundtrack!):
I liked the user comments:
TenRoc382k9 (13 hours ago)
looks kinda fake
Heh. Can’t fool us. Those San Francisco backdrops in “Monk” are obviously real, but this? Give me a break.
Tomlinson found the “fake” comments interesting, too. In fact, she graphed them:
My favorite version of Wow! is captainpickard’s, “I’ll have an order of KICK ASS, with a side of FUCK YEAH!” For Fake! I have to compliment stegre for “I have seem (sic) many edited films and this video has definitely been tampered. Your argument is invalid.” It is both arrogant and nonsensical at the same time. Excellent work, stegre.
Update: Another cool view, this one by Romeo Durscher, including the contrail that followed: