That trail behind the Empire State Building is a Minotaur V rocket taking a spacecraft to the Moon. The photo was taken by Ben Cooper from Top of the Rock, Rockefeller Center, 265 miles away from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Here are 10 more phenomenal launch photos from Mr. Cooper:
What you see is a gorgeous photo of the 20-minute rollback of the GRAIL spacecraft before it rocketed on its lunar mission this morning. What I see is some kind of early Federation ship entering warp. Amazing.