View Full Version : Those Rings in Rocket Exhaust are Shock Diamonds

2012-Mar-13, 06:00 PM
I recently reported on Chinese plans to launch Shenzhou-9, and used a stock image of a Long March-2F rocket blasting off the launch pad. Nafin wanted to know what that diamond pattern trailing behind the rocket was, and ivan3man_at_large posted the answer: they’re called shock diamonds. Shock diamonds? That term had somehow slipped past me, [...]

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2012-Mar-16, 09:44 PM
..also called Mach cones...IIRC

2012-Mar-16, 09:48 PM
I wondered this for a long time, and found out two summers ago when doing research for a project about the physics of airplane flight. It's good that UT did this article, as I'm sure a lot of other people wonder about it, too.