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    Default Rare photo of Space Shuttle Sonic Boom



    Here is an explanation of what we are seeing....

    What you are seeing here is NOT the mach cone, but a transonic shockwave, a visual condensation of humid air where it goes from a local supersonic area (all lifting and curved surfaces) to a local subsonic area (the rear of the aircraft). This ONLY occurs in a transonic state, in other words between Mach 0.8 and Mach 1.3. Below that the aircraft is is fully subsonic, and above that is fully supersonic. If you look at the video posted by #12 Chris Johnston, you'll notice the shockwave is only visible intermittently. That's because high performance fighters are only transonic for a very brief period of time. Considering the Space Shuttle accelerates vertically from 0 to 17'000mph in a few minutes and that the air itself must meet certain conditions for a visible shockwave to form, the fact this picture was even taken is very impressive.

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    now THAT, my friends, is pretty fucking cool.
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    No kidding. That is an awesome picture!
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    Wow. That's an awesome sight.
    That's probably the most compelling pic I've ever seen on the 'net!
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    what a great find..thx for posting!
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    Sometimes I drive so fast, I create a transonic shockwave.... only thing louder is the stereo.
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    I've been to the edge and a sonic boom came down......... Great Pic!

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    Wild pic!

    Thanks for including the explanation as well.
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    Nice find Dennis!

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    Great photo!

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