Space Shuttle Unleashes Magnificent Plume of Pee

To anyone who's ever pondered what urine looks like in space -- c'mon, don't be shy -- we say: wonder no more, because photos of the phenomenon have finally hit the internet.

Last Wednesday, a number of skygazers were lucky to sight a mysterious flare in the night sky, that, as it now turns out, was a 150-pound cocktail of astronaut urine and waste water released from the shuttle Discovery.

According to NASA spokeswoman Kylie Clem, because space regulations bar astronauts from dumping waste water at the International Space Station, the Discovery astronauts had to wait until undocking before they could discard their pee -- which by that point amounted to a hefty ten days' worth.

Sad you missed the show? No need to worry: you may get another chance, as it's actually a fairly common sighting, says Clem.

Pee Over Prince Edward Island, Canada

A NASA spokeswoman later cleared the mystery by identifying the light as 150 pounds of astronaut urine and wastewater.Clair Perry

Pee Over Hungary, By the Ruins of Essegvar

Last Wednesday, several skygazers scratched their heads when they saw this mysterious glow in the sky.Tamas Ladanyi

Pee Over Prince Edward Island, Canada

A NASA spokeswoman later cleared the mystery by identifying the light as 150 pounds of astronaut urine and wastewater.Clair Perry

Pee Over Madison, Wisconsin

Discovery shuttle astronauts chucked the concoction out into the great beyond right after they undocked from the International Space Station. (Recent space regulation bars astronauts from releasing waste water while docked to the station.)Abe Megahed

Pee Over Hungary, Again

After astronaut Kevin Ford tossed out the waste water, it first froze, before solar heat melted it into a stream of vapor.Monika Landy-Gyebnar