Brocken Spectre Observed with Drone

May 13, 2022


Brocken spectre in Taiwan

Chih_lung_Brocken spectre and tower

Photographer: Chih-lung Lin 
Summary Authors: Chih-lung Lin; Jim Foster

The colorful ringed structured featured above shows a glory and Brocken Spectre. It was observed via a drone from above a mountainous area near Miaoli, Taiwan and was only visible when the Sun was directly behind the drone, which was looking downward into a fog bank. The "spectre" in the middle of the rings, best seen in the bottom photo, is the drone's shadow. This phenomenon appears when sunlight is diffracted by minute cloud droplets. Note that I wasn’t able to detect this with the naked eye as I was below the layer of clouds/fog. Photo taken on February 6, 2022.

Photo details: DJI Mavic3; 24 mm; f/2.8; 1/3200 second exposure.


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