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Thread #18471   Message #183329
Posted By: MMario
23-Feb-00 - 10:14 AM
Thread Name: Help: Giant Shadows
Subject: RE: Help: Giant Shadows
'spaw, all I can say is "phffffllllttttt!"

at this site:

found this item...

If you have a strong light source (in this case the sun) in your back, and you are looking into clouds or fog then you can see your shadow surrounded by a glory. This phenomenon is also called the "Specter of the Brocken".
Everybody can see the shadow of himself and people nearby - but only one glory around his own head - the antisolar point. The glory is formed due to the favored back-scattering of light by the small waterdrops.
The radius of the glory is dependent on the size of the drops - the smaller the drops, the bigger the glory. If the mist has a distance of more than about 50 m you also can see the more extended fogbow. It is similar to a rainbow, but without any colour.