Picture of the Day, Australian Streak

Comments and questions about the APOD on the main view screen.
Steve

Picture of the Day, Australian Streak

Post by Steve » Tue Dec 07, 2004 8:26 pm

I suspect

I am in my fifties and have only seen this once. There were dark broken clouds and blue sky. The weather was changing.

What I suspect is
- the location of the light pole is just coincidental.
- that the flash and "smoke" is a reflection of the sun peeking out between clouds.
- the streak is the sun light being refracted by the water vapor in the atmosphere.

If there was a weather front going through could it be at the boundary between the two air masses?