Heart-Shaped Cloud Phenomenon: Mystery ‘Love Glory’ Over Oregon

This beautiful glory was pictured above Oregon on July 13, 2014. WOW!

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It is one of those moments when the Universe aligns and takes your breath away.

Tony DeFreece photographed a rare heart-shaped cloud phenomenon called ‘glory’ while flying over Oregon. Amazingly rare!

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This heart-shaped glory was photographed by Tony DeFreece while flying over Oregon on July 13, 2014.

Glories are normally colorful rings of light. But on Sunday, July 13, 2014, Tony DeFreece witnessed and shot a glory that was rather heart. Did the shape of the cloud bent the usual circular glory into the heart-shaped apparition? Probably yes! What an amazing and rare cloud phenomenon:

What are glories?

Frequent fliers who look out the window of their planes often see the shadow of the aircraft dipping in and out of clouds below. The interplay of light and shadow with water droplets in the clouds can produce glories.

Flying back from Brazil, in April 2014, I also spotted my plane going through one of these amazing rainbow rings:

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Optical illusion: Plane crossing a circular glory. Photo: Strangesounds

As explained by Space Weather,  the glory mystery is not yet solved: ‘Glories are caused by sunlight reflected backwards from water droplets in clouds. Exactly how backscattering produces the colorful rings, however, is a mystery involving surface waves and multiple reflections within individual droplets.

Have you ever witnessed one?

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