Supersonic flight: Watch a Space Rocket going Sonic (VIDEO)

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This amazing video illustrates sonic booms and supersonic flights.

Watch the Atlas V rocket launch until the end. The shockwave phenomena is AMAZING!

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Shockwaves in the sky are visible part way through the launch when Atlas V rocket breaks the sound barrier. Photo: NASA/Goddard/Anne Koslosky

Sound travels at about 760 miles per hour, or 340 meters per second and about 661 knots on an average day at sea level. And sometimes, you can almost see it. Going close to that speed through air can cause some unusual visual effects.

This video presents the launch of the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) on an Atlas V rocket on February 11, 2010 at 10:23 AM EST. The video was captured from the Kennedy Space Center Apollo/Saturn V Building viewing location, approximately 5.8 miles from the Atlas V launch pad. Look at the shockwaves when the vehicle breaks the sound barrier (about 1:25 for those who have no time). It’s simply amazing!

Wow! Did you see this amazing wave phenomena? Just mind-blowing!

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