Monday, August 21, 2006

A Smoke Angel or Flying Spaghetti Monster?

Explanation: What type of cloud is that? It is not a naturally occurring one. Looking perhaps a bit like a gigantic owl monster (or the Flying Spaghetti Monster?) , the cloud pictured above resulted from a series of flares released by an air force jet over the Atlantic Ocean in May. The jet that released the flares, a C-17 Globemaster III, is seen on the right. The flares release smoke and the resulting pattern is sometimes known as a smoke angel. The circular eyes of the above smoke angel are caused by air spiraling off the plane's wings and are known as wingtip vortices.

4 comments:

beepbeepitsme said...

Ohhh it is the almighty flying spaghetti monster.

All bow to his noodliness!!

Jason H. Bowden said...

This clinches it for me. I'm now a Pastafarian.

Deacon Barry said...

For the best cinematic use of vortices, see the closing scenes of Die hard 2 as the planes are coming in to land - Yippee-kye-ay!

Tommykey said...

Reminds me of Mummenschanz. I'm not sure I got the spelling right but I remember seeing commercials for it on tv when I was a kid. Some kind of perfomance art thing with guys that had rolls of toilet paper for eyes and weird stuff like that.