A Rare Optical Phenomenon Makes This Naval Parade Look Magical

A Rare Optical Phenomenon Makes This Naval Parade Look Magical

Image Cache: For those who equally enjoy US Navy photography and atmospheric optics, this photo is a gem. This is the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group in formation with Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force ships, shrouded in a fog-based light show. Browse through the cool photos, animations and diagrams in Gizmodo's Image Cache here.

Thanks to the phenomenon called solar glory, you can see on the right side of the picture the shadow of the photographer's helicopter, surrounded by three concentric halo-like rings. They're caused by the light of the Sun shining from behind the aircraft, interacting with the tiny water droplets of the mist. Nice, eh?

[Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan Burke/US Navy]


Comments

    It's not rare at all... It's quite common when ever you get a back lit subject and mist or clouds in the foreground. I see this all the time when flying and hiking in hilly/mountainous terrain

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