Man Captures Spectacular Image Of An 'Angel' In The Clouds Caused By A Rare Weather Phenomenon


Thursday, February 13th 2020, 5:39 am
By: CBS News


A man in Derbyshire, England captured a photo of a spectacular phenomenon in the sky, and his dazzling photograph has gone viral. Lee Howdle snapped a picture of what appeared to be an angel with a glowing rainbow halo around its head, hovering in the sky just above the grass.

"Sometimes I Think I Am Lucky," Howdle wrote on Facebook, sharing the now-viral image. "Today I Saw This Rare Weather Phenomenon Called Brocken Spectre. My Shadow And A Circular Rainbow Projected Onto A Low Cloud."

 
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The "angel" Howdle saw was really himself. The phenomenon seems divine – and is is literally classified as a "glory." A glory is a rainbow ring that appears around a shadow.

Glories are often seen from aircraft, when the sun is positioned behind the plane, and the shadow cast forward onto the clouds appears to have a rainbow ring around it, according to Atmospheric Optics.

The Brocken spectre is just one type of glory, where the shadow is being cast on a mountain. If you create a Brocken spectre, "you'll be standing with the sun at your back, gazing at your own haloed shadow cast on fog," Earth and Sky explains.

The human shadow with a rainbow halo around it often looks like an angel. Howdle was hiking on Mam Tor, a hill in Derbyshire, when his angelic shadow appeared. 

The phenomenon is also called a Brocken bow or mountain spectre, named after a peak in the Harz Mountains in Germany, called Brocken, a region known for fogs, according to Earth and Sky.

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The \"angel\" Howdle saw was really himself. The phenomenon seems divine – and is is literally classified as a \"glory.\" A glory is a rainbow ring that appears around a shadow.

Glories are often seen from aircraft, when the sun is positioned behind the plane, and the shadow cast forward onto the clouds appears to have a rainbow ring around it, according to Atmospheric Optics.

The Brocken spectre is just one type of glory, where the shadow is being cast on a mountain. If you create a Brocken spectre, \"you'll be standing with the sun at your back, gazing at your own haloed shadow cast on fog,\" Earth and Sky explains.

The human shadow with a rainbow halo around it often looks like an angel. Howdle was hiking on Mam Tor, a hill in Derbyshire, when his angelic shadow appeared. 

The phenomenon is also called a Brocken bow or mountain spectre, named after a peak in the Harz Mountains in Germany, called Brocken, a region known for fogs, according to Earth and Sky.

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