An angel appears in the British sky

While hiking in central England, a walker photographed a rare weather phenomenon: a Brocken specter. 2 min


While hiking in central England, a walker photographed a rare weather phenomenon: a Brocken specter. She was lucky to see An angel appears in the British sky.

A British photography lover captured a rare moment while hiking in the Peak District. A mountainous region at the southern tip of the Pennines in north-central England. Lee Howdle was about 500 meters above sea level when he saw a silhouette of a man in the sky, surrounded by a rainbow. The meteorological phenomenon has a name: Brocken spectrum.

“I went to the Peak District because I knew there was going to be a cold inversion where clouds would form at low altitude under clear skies. When I got to Winnats Pass, it wasn’t great because of the position of the clouds. […] As I was climbing Mam Tor, by chance, I looked to my left and there was a specter of Brocken. My shadow was huge. She was in this circular rainbow. I took a few photos and kept walking. It was like an angel in the sky above the hills, it was pretty magical, “he told the British daily Metro.

What is the Brocken spectrum?

A Brocken spectre, also called Brocken bow or mountain spectre, is the magnified (and apparently enormous) shadow of an observer cast upon clouds opposite the Sun’s direction. The figure’s head is often surrounded by the halo-like rings of coloured light forming a glory, which appears opposite the Sun’s direction when uniformly-sized water droplets in clouds refract and backscatter sunlight.

The shade is usually magnified. Around this projection, it happens that the sunlight is diffracted. “I have never seen that in my life. It’s really amazing and I feel very happy to have captured such a magical moment, ”concluded Lee Howdle.

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