Casual Friday — SDO vs. the sundog

The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) spacecraft flew on an Atlas V rocket from Kennedy Space Center the morning of Thursday, Feb. 11th — kicking off a 5-year mission to study the variability of the Sun. In the process, it inadvertently provided an extra spectacle for people watching the launch. The rocket flew through a sundog and demolished it with its shock waves.

There’s a bigger version with audio along with more information on sundogs and other such atmospheric phenomena on NASA’s website.

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