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Who’s There within the Fog?

Shadow in a Glory: a Brocken specter at Grisedale Pike (photograph from Wikimedia Commons)

17 November 2022

Final weekend Chris Randall @ultrapeakschris tweeted a video of a shadowy determine strolling in line with him within the fog. At first he thought it was one other individual. As an alternative it was a Brocken specter with a faint rainbow halo known as a glory.


Paraphrased from Wikipedia: A Brocken spectre is the magnified shadow of an observer solid in mid air upon any sort of cloud reverse a powerful mild supply (such because the solar). If the cloud consists of backscattered water droplets, a brilliant space and halo-like rainbow rings known as a glory could be seen across the head or apperature silhouette. The phenomenon was named for Brocken Peak in Germany the place it often happens.

Generally the specter seems to hover within the sky like an angel as did this one with a triple glory that appeared to a mountaineering workforce in Tajikistan.

Brocken spectre above the horizon, Peak Ozodi, Aug 2006 (photograph from Wikimedia Commons)

Maybe you’ve seen a Brocken specter from an airplane. I’ve, however I didn’t know what it was known as.

Brocken specter and glory seen from an airplane over San Francisco space (photograph from Wikimedia Commons)

And at last, you’ll be able to create a Brocken specter on nighttime fog should you work at it. The caption on this photograph says: “On an exceptionally foggy night time, I parked my automotive at one finish of the car parking zone, going through into the lot, and coated one headlight with a flooring mat. Standing earlier than the uncovered mild, I photographed the shadow that I used to be thus casting into the fog : a Brocken spectre.”

Brocken specter in California fog at night time (photograph from Wikimedia Commons)

Who’s there within the fog? It’s you!

(photographs from Wikimedia Commons; click on on the captions to see the originals)



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