PILOT'S GLORY OF AIRCRAFT OVERFLYING CLOUDS

This is a short video clip of an optical phenomenon known as a "Pilot's Glory". This is a halo around the shadow of an aircraft overflying a cloud deck (in this case a Boeing 737-800 aircraft descending into the Fort Lauderdale area from Chicago on February 20, 2016). The halo is caused by the refraction of sunlight along the axis of the shadow from an observer (opposition effect). As the aircraft gets closer to the 6,000 foot cloud deck, the position of the observer (in the front) in the aircraft becomes apparent.

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