The colors surrounding the shadow of the airplane are caused by diffraction of sunlight by uniform cloud droplets. This optical phenomena is called a glory. Note that the cause of a glory is different from that of a rainbow. Rainbows are caused by refraction of sunlight be raindrops.
I've seen this before and it wasn't just a shadow of the plane I was on. I wondered the whole ride what I was seeing then I found out as we entered the airspace we were to land in. The halo was directly over where I was sitting. We couldn't land as per the flight plans because a fire had started out of nowhere by the tail of the plane. I was sitting just in front of the wings. As you can see, all went well...but I knew what I saw meant that my life was not about to end.
OAN:I got a chance to meet the Mayor of Cleveland, the Congressman at that time and almost got to see the President on that trip!
@Ab Algerino Buddy its national geographic ,,,, not facebook :P ,,,, by the way, when u upload snaps here ,,,, the snaps have signature of the camera they were taken from , so yes, it is not et all fake, and couldn't be !!!
@maggi andrew REALLY
@Shannon T RARE EVENT
So, you had your phone on during takeoff, contrary to FAA regulations and the instructions from your flight crew? This is a nice picture, but that's not a behavior we should be encouraging.
@Shree Gurung @Avani Agarwal @Tomas Bardauskas Dear Shree, Raibow is not visible at 10Kft, it is in the clouds which are much below from the actual plane position. And FYI thats not rainbow from sunlight it have to deal something with the currents being generated from Plane flight, thats why it is around plane shadow!
@Tomas Bardauskas it was post 10,000 ft and we were free to use our devices.
That is called a "glory". The glory can only be seen when the observer is directly between the sun and cloud of refracting water droplets. Hence, it is commonly observed whilst airborne, with the glory surrounding the airplane's shadow on clouds (this is often called The Glory of the Pilot). Glories can also be seen from mountains and tall buildings, when there are clouds or fog below the level of the observer.
@Jack McCarthy Thank you for the explanation. So rad!
@Jack McCarthy good explanation. true
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