susan smitten (chu_hi) wrote,
susan smitten
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"That's a glory, that's a glory!"


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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