Hi all, this is only my second thread here so please go easy on me!
So, I was sat outside on my doorstep yesterday morning at around 10:30a.m. having a smoke, and as you do, I gazed up at the sky. After noticing a
commercial aircraft flying overhead, I noticed above and behind it what looked like a small contrail unlike any other I'd ever seen.
It was singular in appearance (unlike those from commercial jets which as we all know have two or four contrails in line next to each other), and was
very smooth in appearance. The oddest part about it was the direction it had taken. It wasn't in a straight line, but looked rather erratic, with a
perfect sharp 90-degree turn towards the end.
As soon as I saw it, I ran inside, grabbed my camera (Canon Eos 1100D), and quickly started taking snaps at it through the gap above our lounge
window. By the time I'd grabbed the camera and got to the window (literally took me about 20 seconds or even less), it had halved in size already. I
watched the thing continue to evaporate as I took snaps, and I only managed to fire off seven before it had all but vanished. The commercial aircraft
contrail at the bottom of the image hung around for much longer, as can be seen from the first image below.
So here goes, this is the first unedited photo showing both the commercial aircraft contrail, and the mysterious 'contrail like thing' in the top
The second image, this image has only been cropped from the original and resized (in Paint.net), nothing else. To my untrained eye, and this is pure
speculation on my part, but it looks like something travelling at extremely high speed briefly slowed (slightly), turned into the sharp 90-degree
turn, then took off again at extremely high speed. Note how it seems to flare out somewhat at the top right of the bend,
In this one I've circled areas that I find interesting (in Paint), no further editing other than that mentioned for the last image. The green circle
highlights where to me it (whatever it was) looks like it was lining up for the turn.
The yellow circle highlights the bend, which looks to be thicker and more pronounced than the rest. This was the last part to evaporate and disappear.
The red circle highlights the end of the trail, this is the most interesting part to me, look how it seems to flare out somewhat followed by, if you
look closely, a thin trail of vapour as if, 'POOF', gone, 'outa here,
This image is again as above, but this time without the circle highlights and I've applied auto level in Photoscape. Look at the top right/end of the
trail, the 'flare' is more visible, and so is the thinner trail that seems to exit the main trail,
Again, to my untrained eye, this doesn't look like your average aircraft contrail, for a couple of reasons. It's direction, even the slowest flying
jet producing contrails cannot turn in that sharp a 90-degree angle like that without ripping off its wings and killing the occupants due to the
forces of inertia. To my eye it was also far too smooth and uniform in appearance for your average aircraft contrail, and it vanished much, much
faster than the contrail produced by the aircraft visible in the first image. Finally, it it was caused by a fighter jet or similar (which we NEVER
see where I live apart from once a year for the air display), I'd likely have heard it, I know from living in Wales how loud those things can be.
The only process that I can think of that might have cause this vapour trail is something like this,
....but a perfect 90-degree turn at those speeds? I'm sorry, I'm no aeronautical engineer, but no. Just no.
So ATS, what say you, secret high technology? Mistaken identity? Weather anomaly? Perfectly normal event and I desperately need to go back to school?
....Or dare I say it, aliens?