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162411 (cn 0243/A193) Shockwave's Schlieren effect! Air compressed by jet's pressure wave so light is bent thus this phenomenon. Awkward crop due to jet out racing panning with a handheld Canon 1Ds MKIII + 600m L IS lens. Schlieren techniques have been used for decades in laboratory wind tunnels to visualize supersonic flow about model aircraft, but not full scale aircraft until recently. Dr. Leonard Weinstein of NASA Langley Research Center developed the first Schlieren camera but this picture is using a normal camera.
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A visitor from - posted Wed February 6, 2013:
Wow. This is amazing. 5 stars.

A visitor from - posted Mon November 19, 2012:
Looks like evidence of a top secret Flux Capacitor to me...

A visitor from Mexico posted Thu July 5, 2012:
I love physics .

A visitor from - posted Tue April 3, 2012:
WOW! I've never seen anything like that! Cool shot!

A visitor from United States posted Tue April 3, 2012:
Kind of ironic that aircraft 411 is giving us the "411" on what the shockwaves Schlieren effect looks like... Great catch!!!

A visitor from United States posted Tue April 3, 2012:
BOOM! Bang-Zoom; Straight to the Moon Alice!

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A visitor from Belgium posted Tue April 3, 2012:
Excellent!!!!!!!!!! Shockwaves!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue April 3, 2012:
Wow, congrats dude! One step forward in science at a time!

A visitor from Switzerland posted Tue April 3, 2012:
Very cool picture! Nicely done!

A visitor from - posted Mon April 2, 2012:
This is a scientific picture, one of the most amazing pictures ever

A visitor from United States posted Mon April 2, 2012:
I'm going to pretend it's just bending the fabric of space time :) nice shot

A visitor from United States posted Mon April 2, 2012:
Awesome! Tony

A visitor from United States posted Mon April 2, 2012:
What a capture!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon April 2, 2012:
Fantastic photo, The schlieren optical system in my University laboratory struggles to get pictures this clear!

A visitor from - posted Mon April 2, 2012:
Beautiful catch, especially considering how fast the airplane must have been traveling!


A visitor from United States posted Mon April 2, 2012:
I love the awkward crop!It shows just how fast the plane is going. One could say that you caught the tail end of the show!

A visitor from United States posted Mon April 2, 2012:
Great shot Suresh. Really great visualization for aspiring aero engineers. - Oliver KBOS

A visitor from United States posted Mon April 2, 2012:
Suresh, that is mind blowing!! wow!

A visitor from - posted Mon April 2, 2012:
I love these shockwave/vortex pics. These type of picws help a lot to understand fluid mechanics.(Ali Aminzadeh)

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