Last update: June 18th, 2019 at 9:00 am
When exhaust is emitted by ships, water vapor collects around the tiny particles, or aerosols, and cloud seeds are formed.
Ship clouds typically form around low-lying stratus or cumulus clouds. They also appear brighter and thicker than other clouds because the pollution contained in them scatters sunlight.
This image was captured on August 26th by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite.
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory