Atlas V launch video captures a sonic boom in stunning clarity

NASA officially kicked off the Solar Dynamics Observatory mission back on February 11th, launching the SDO spacecraft — which will be keeping a close eye on the Sun for the next five years. An Atlas V rocket took the SDO spacecraft into orbit, and photographer Barbara Tomlinson was on the ground with her Casio EX-FH20 to capture it all in HD.

What she captured is pretty amazing: nearly two minutes into the launch, the Atlas V rocket kicks into high gear, and there's a visible sonic boom which spreads out as ghostly circles in all directions.

Check it out in the video below. To really get the full effect, though, head on over to YouTube and see it in 720p.

Via Geekologie