GLORY – an optical phenomenon

Glory

A glory is an optical phenomenon that appears as a halo of colored rings around the observer’s shadow when it falls on a cloud or fog bank. It is only visible when the observer is between the Sun and the cloud and is caused by water droplets backscattering light. A glory can be seen by air travelers when their plane’s shadow falls on clouds below or by a hiker as his or her shadow falls on fog further down a mountain. Glories are occasionally observed in combination with what other phenomenon? More… Discuss

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