Ever wonder about those lines in the sky?

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© Raje Esteban
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UploadedDecember 5, 2018
TakenSeptember 29, 2018
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D700
Exposure1/200 sec at f/20
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length28 mm
ISO200
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Contrails (short for condensation trails) are line-shaped clouds sometimes observed behind airplanes flying in the clear cold humid air. They are composed primarily of water, in the form of ice crystals.

Contrails are formed when water vapor condenses and freezes around small particles (aerosols) that exist in the aeroplane exhaust.

All contrails are formed in the same way, but exist for different lengths of time (lifespan). Contrails can be divided into... short-lived, persistent (non-spreading), and persistent spreading.

Depending on the temperature and humidity, they may be visible for only a few seconds or minutes, or may last for hours.

4 responses

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (10 Dec 2018):

    a great view!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (4 Jan 2019):

    Excellent shot with a great narrative too!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (7 Jan 2019):

    What a great image and narrative!

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (26 Feb 2019):

    I agree with my daughter. Well done.

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