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.
My first Brocken Spectre. Creepy to see it out the nook of my eye and suppose it was another person transferring pic.twitter.com/j38PhwGZqE
— Chris Randall (@ultrapeakschris) November 13, 2022
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.
Maybe you’ve seen a Brocken specter from an airplane. I’ve, however I didn’t know what it was known as.
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.”
Who’s there within the fog? It’s you!
(photographs from Wikimedia Commons; click on on the captions to see the originals)