Thursday, March 29, 2012

APOD 4.1

Rocket Trails in the Milky Way
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Two days ago, NASA launched five sounding rockets from the Wallops Flight Facility located in Virginia.  This photo shows the clouds that the chemical tracer left by the rockets in the Earth's ionosphere (starting at about 80 km).  The clouds were able to be seen in the mid-atlantic (this picture specifically captured in New Jersey).  Sagittarius and Scorpius are also visible in the background of this picture.

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