Breaking Sound Barrier Shock Eggs

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You’ve probably seen plenty of pictures online of jets being mislabeled as breaking the sound barrier, when they actually show them moments before. You see, shock eggs, also known as vapor cones, are created as jets travel at high speeds. The sudden change in pressure can cause water to condense around the vehicle, creating an odd conical shape. In addition to making the shock waves themselves visible, water condensation can also occur in the trough between two crests of the shock waves produced by the passing of the object. However, this effect does not necessarily coincide with the acceleration of an aircraft through the speed of sound or Mach 1. Click here to view the first image in this week’s funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a 4 foot 5 inch basketball player who doesn’t let his height stop him.