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"That's a glory, that's a glory!" [Jul. 27th, 2014|02:22 am]
susan smitten
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Image linked from nasa.gov

I wish I had tried to take a picture, but on the 24th of July, I saw an example of the optical phenomenon known as a glory with my own eyes, for the first time. A couple of years ago, a disembarking passenger showed me a video he had taken of a glory during the flight. I said, "that's a glory, that's a glory!" The captain was standing there next to me, by the door, and said, "sometimes it happens, it's caused by the shadow of the aircraft on the clouds." The passenger said he was going to put it on youtube. I said, "what will you call it, so I can find the video?" He said "Emirates flight number [whatever]." I said, "you have to put 'glory' in the title!" Then I ran to get my weather field guide out of my bag, and chased him up the airbridge and made him take a picture of the page explaining glories.

So on Thursday, I visited the cockpit on the way to Joburg. I remarked that the ocean of clouds beneath us was quite scenic, and then I noticed the glory, and pointed it out. "Yeah," the pilots shrugged. At least one of us in the pointy end thought it was cool.
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[User Picture]From: scottks
2014-07-27 04:00 am (UTC)
Is there more than one ring? I can sort of see a second ring. Very cool!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2014-07-28 01:53 pm (UTC)
Hey, me too!
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[User Picture]From: oonh
2014-07-27 07:33 pm (UTC)
relatedly, the nearby Whole Foods has just paved its parking lot, and there's a spot near the entrance where if you get the angle just right in morning, one sees a similar effect. (sadly searching for 'asphalt rainbows' doesn't turn up much but oily iridescence effects)
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2014-07-28 01:54 pm (UTC)
Whoa! That's cool!
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[User Picture]From: hitchhiker
2014-07-28 07:54 am (UTC)
oh, nice!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2014-07-28 01:54 pm (UTC)
I get to observe some neat things. :-)
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