The rocket passes through a layer of ice crystals in the atmosphere, creating an astonishing rippled effect
This is the incredible moment that an Atlas V rocket went supersonic.
This amateur video captures a rocket exceeding the speed of sound and passing through a sun dog, creating a visually stunning rippling effect, akin to a UFO.
A sun dog is a prismatic bright spot in the sky caused by the sun shining through ice crystals in a cirrus cloud.
As the rocket exceeded the speed of sound, the shock waves visible from the ground were created.
The rocket is launched from the Kennedy Space Centre on February 11th
The rocket was launched by the Solar Dynamics Observatory from the Kennedy Space Centre on February 11th.
The announcer can be heard declaring 'The vehicle is now supersonic' to applause and cries of wonder.
Ripples created by the rocket going supersonic and exceeding the speed of sound