In The Wee Morning Hours
Of Thursday(May 5), a camera in Waycross, Georgia witnessed a mysterious object streaking through the sky.
Bright, Fast And...
Trailed by a glowing oblong aura, the object looked a bit like a space jellyfish
This Space Jelly Was No UFO
It was a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launching from Florida's Kennedy Space Center, roughly 250 miles (400 kilometers) south of the camera.
Dozens Of Rockets Leave The Kennedy
But few of them could rightly be mistaken for a bioluminescent invertebrate in the sky. So, what happened here?
The Long, Blobby "Body"
Of the jellyfish is simply exhaust leaving the Falcon 9's rocket engine nozzle
The Reason The Exhaust
Takes on such a bulbous shape has to do with the pressure difference inside and outside the nozzle.