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eflanaga
2007-11-12 23:06:13
Brocken Spectre
Simon helpfully made me aware of the correct terminology for what I described as a ‘circular rainbow’ photographed when on Croaghbarnes very early one morning (see Croaghbarnes entry last week). I found the following information concerning Brocken Spectres, in case anyone is interested at this website http://www.atoptics.co.uk/droplets/globrock.htm
'As the mountaineer reaches a high ridge, a ghostly figure towers out from the mist, its head sheathed in shimmering rings. This at one time unnerving apparition is the "Spectre of the Brocken", so named because of sightings on the Brocken, the highest peak of Germany's Harz Mountains. The Brocken Spectre appears when a low sun is behind a climber who is looking downwards into mist from a ridge or peak. The "spectre" is the shadowy figure - the glow and rings are of course a glory centered directly opposite the sun at the anti-solar point. But how is the ghostly figure produced? It is no more than the shadow of the climber projected forward through the mist. All shadows converge towards the anti-solar point where the glory also shines. The sometimes odd triangular shape is a perspective effect. The Brocken Spectre is a similar effect to anti-crepuscular rays (rays pointing towards the anti-solar point i.e. at point on the sky sphere directly opposite the sun) and cloud shadows.
The spectre sometimes appears to be huge. This is probably caused by the presence of the glory and the mist obscuring more familiar reference points with which to judge its size'.
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