Photos of an unusual formation in the sky over Tucson started to be posted on Facebook just after dawn today.
The twisting cloud-like formation sparked a lot of awe and speculation across the Southwest.
The early morning show in the sky was courtesy of missiles fired from New Mexico that left a brilliant white contrail.
The contrail was from a Juno ballistic missile that was fired at 6:30 a.m. MDT Thursday from Fort Wingate near Gallup, N.M., a spokesman for the U.S. Army’s White Sands Missile Range said. The Juno missile was then targeted by an advanced version of the Patriot missile fired from White Sands.
The rising sun backlit the Juno missile’s contrail and provided a spectacular morning sight for early risers across the region.