Aircraft contrails

Aircraft contrails

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Credit: PEKKA PARVIAINEN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Aircraft contrails, or vapour trails, in the sky over a building. Contrails are artificial clouds formed from frozen water droplets from the exhaust of the engines of an aircraft. They form when aircraft are flying at altitudes exceeding 5000 metres and when the upper atmosphere is nearly saturated with moisture. In dry air the contrails quickly dissipate. Photographed over Finland.

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