A contrail shadow at sunset is just out of this world

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On October 31, 2015, a weird phenomenon was captured by Larry Perkins in the sunset sky of Penrose, Colorado.

The Sun, just below the horizon was casting a shadow of a plane contrail up to the bottom side of some clouds. Like a twist.

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The shadow of a twisting contrail appears under some clouds in the sky of Colorado. Photo: Larry Perkins

As he explains:

I went outside just as the Sun had dipped below the horizon. Looking west I noticed something I had never seen before. Its common to see a contrail cast a shadow down to clouds below, but this was different.

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A dark line in the red sunset sky left by this twister contrail over Penrose, Colorado. Photo by Larry Perkins

A jet had flown and left a contrail below a layer of clouds higher up. The Sun at such a low elevation angle was actually casting a shadow of the contrail up to the bottom side of the clouds.

You remember this black contrail shadow that appeared over Honeymoon Island, Florida?

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