posted on Oct, 25 2012 @ 07:21 PM
The same contrail was also photographed by Christine Clark in
, which is about 10km away from where
the photographs that were posted by the Daily Fail... I mean "Mail", were taken.
Here's the photograph taken by Christine Clark:
So it was not a hoax, or reflection in a _
In fact, in the article posted by the Daily Mail, contrails are mentioned (did no one bother reading the article?).
A spokeswoman from the Met Office said: 'It looks like a it’s just a persisting circular contrail (a condensation trail of ice crystals
produced by jet engines at high altitude).
There’s patchy high cirrus cloud around, so the atmosphere is moist enough to allow contrails to last for some time.
'It’s hard to tell whether the contrail is above or below the cloud around it but we suspect that in some places it is below, and the grey bits are
then where the contrail shadow falls on the cloud beneath it.
'It’s unusual for a civil aircraft to be doing this sort of thing so it’s probably military.'
Ms Larkin said she had also heard unusual noises in the sky which sounded like ‘metal being scraped against metal’.
Contrails like this are not all that rare, and on previous occasions analysis has been done that strongly suggests they are caused by military
aircraft, probably an AWACS
This is from contrailscience.com
In 30 minutes, the plane made two full turns and its contrail had drifted south by 50 km (wind speed of 100 km/h). The orbit of the plane was in
one of the official zones of AWACS operation (www.aeroresource.co.uk...). Its parameters (left-hand turn, 40 km diameter, 15 minute
full turn) are also in full agreement with the other reported observations of coiled contrails in and around the UK, attributed to the AWACS