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   Glory from the air 

 

A Multi-ring glory surrounds an aircraft's shadow.

Glories are often seen from aircraft. Get a seat opposite the sun and watch them ring the aircraft's shadow - or more accurately, where your own shadow would be.

Each sees their own glory.  We could tell Philip Laven (site) was seated forward of the wing even if the engine were not visible in the foreground.

Taken between Frankfurt and Geneva, Nov 2000.

©2000 Philip Laven, used with permission.
 
 


This glory was unusually large. Its three rings had (red) diameters of 8.2, 14.6 and 20°. The Mie theory simulation using IRIS shows that the cloud droplets in the foreground cloud were almost monosized with diameters of 9.6 micron (0.0096 mm).