A sunset in Palatine peaks with color providing an orange backdrop for a passenger jet

  • A passenger jet leaves a contrail against a perfect sunset mixture of orange and clouds as it streaks to some unknown location in the sky above Palatine.

    A passenger jet leaves a contrail against a perfect sunset mixture of orange and clouds as it streaks to some unknown location in the sky above Palatine. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Mark Welsh.

    Mark Welsh.

 
 
Posted6/7/2021 1:00 AM

The same night I photographed the awesome spectacle of the Jupiter and Saturn conjunction that happens every 20 years, a different sort of picture emerged early in the evening sky.

A beautiful shade of orange filled the sky, providing a perfect backdrop behind the contrail of a passenger jet streaking across the heavens.

 

Contrails, or "condensation trails," occur as the hot exhaust escapes from a plane's engines, producing water vapor in the fumes, which hits the air resulting in a contrail.

It sort of gives more of an eye-catching marvel of beauty that mixes with the natural colors, thus becoming more respectable and interesting to view and remember.

I know it is not a Hawaii sunset, but at times, an image of the evening sky in Chicago can look just as good, for no travel cost at all.

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