When you’re traveling by air and when the sun is slightly behind the aircraft you usually notice something that appears on the clouds… Well, normally it’s a shadow of the jet appears out there.

Suppose you were to look out the window and notice a glowing saint like halo around the shadow… This is called a glory

glory is an optical phenomenon that resembles an iconic saint‘s halo about the shadow of the plane or any subject, caused by light of the Sun or (more rarely) the Moon interacting with the tiny water droplets that make up mist or clouds.

The glory consists of one or more concentric, successively dimmer rings, each of which is red on the outside and bluish towards the center. Due to its appearance, the phenomenon is sometimes mistaken for a circular rainbow, but the latter has a much larger diameter and is caused by different physical processes.

Glories arise due to wave interference of light internally refracted within small droplets.

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