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WEATHER BLOG

August 08, 2008

Ray Digiondomenico in Catonsville was watching the sunset. "The sky was still blue, with some wispy, pink-orange clouds near the horizon," he said. Within those clouds, he spotted "a bright object, the same color as the clouds, which seemed to be streaking toward the sun. ... What do you think it is, and why do I see it at sunset?" My best guess? Probably the contrail of a westbound airliner, foreshortened by your perspective. It reflected bright light from the setting sun, just like the clouds.

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