DeZhZhurstvo: space jellyfish

One of the remarkable properties of space and astronautics - they are beautiful. And today, in the framework of LJ duty, I would like to tell you about one remarkable effect that can be seen when launching a rocket, since it was recently observed twice.
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Epsilon rocket launch, Kagaya twitter photo
The effect is called "Jellyfish", and its mechanism is very simple. When a rocket starts shortly after sunset or shortly before its rise, rising up, it emerges from the shadow of the Earth. The tail of the exhaust gases is illuminated by the Sun, and on the surface of the Earth it is already dark enough to make it visible. The result is a smart picture.
Here are photos of the recent launch of the Epsilon Japanese rocket (in large size on Kagaya twitter)
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But timelapse. The video clearly shows the end of the work of one stage and the inclusion of another.
But the selection of shots of the launch of the Japanese HIIB rocket in 2013, valuable for the fact that it clearly shows the drop in the spent stage.
But now there are detachable steps that do not just fall, but unfold and land.It looks absolutely amazing.
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The photo shows the December launch of Falcon 9. In dynamics, this is even more interesting, because it can be seen how the first stage after the separation is unfolded by pulses of gas engines (the interesting begins at 2:34).
Video from another point, further in the direction of flight, the stabilization of the first stage and the first start of the engine for braking are clearly visible.
Medusa can be seen when launching any rocket, and in Russia there are even several areas where you can admire this spectacle. Here is a video of the launch of the Soyuz rocket with the Soyuz spacecraft. The four bright dots are the blocks of the first stage, and the two that appear later are the halves of the head fairing.
And this is how it is seen from the ground in the region of Yekaterinburg:
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Novosibirsk:
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Flying rocket can be seen in a large area in the direction of flight. For Baikonur, this is usually east (but sometimes it is north), for Plesetsk and East - north. There is also an area from Plesetsk to the Kapustin Yar range near Astrakhan, along which ballistic missile launches are visible. Since the military does not warn about the launch in advance, these phenomena are often mistaken for UFOs.
Other picturesque space things on the tag "beautiful" in my LiveJournal.

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