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White glow round Mavic Air shadow

Geoff_C

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While circling round a flag at our golf club I noticed a white glow round the shadow of my new Mavic Air. It's quite feint but definitely there and I can't see any other issues with the overall video quality. Can anyone explain why this is happening please?
 

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It is a standard effect when the sun is at your back and you see the shadow of your aircraft in front of you. I am also a real pilot and often see this with a beautiful rainbow halo around my aircraft shadow, when I am flying near a cloud and the sun is at my back or off to the rear side. It is a truly beautiful sight when you are up in the sky and see yourself as a shadow with a rainbow around it, on a cloud.

You can also see it as a bright area around your shadow on the ground, when viewed from the air. The shadow of your aircraft is called a brocken spectre. The ring of light around that shadow is called a glory. There is also a beautiful optical phenomenon called an anti-corona or pilot's bow, but usually know as the Glory. It is due to the sun shining through air that is ladened with water droplets.
 
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Thanks for your fascinating explanation. Now you mention it, I used to do a lot of aerial photography when I was a news photographer and I can now remember the same effect round the aircraft shadow. It's amazing that the same effect happens when the drone is only about 15 feet from the ground.
 

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Often seen as a" Brocken Spectre", here in UK when climbing mountains and you rise above the clouds.
 
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