If you’re wondering, yes this is a long-exposure photograph of a space shuttle launch, but MAN that’s beautiful!
Here are a couple more photographs for you to feast your eyes on! For hi-res, just click the image.
The brilliant light emitted by the two solid rocket boosters will be visible for the first 2 minutes and 4 seconds of the launch out to a radius of some 520 statute miles
After the solid rocket boosters are jettisoned, a shuttle will be visible for most locations by virtue of the light emanating from its three main engines.
It should appear as a very bright, pulsating, fast-moving star, shining with a yellowish-orange glow. Based on previous night missions, the brightness should be at least equal to magnitude -2; rivalling Sirius, the brightest star in brilliance.
Observers who train binoculars on the shuttle should be able to see its tiny V-shaped contrail.
A more recent photograph of a launch is going viral as we speak, but because the quality wasn’t that great I couldn’t post it here – Source