Thursday, February 19, 2009

Something Interesting..


Unusual Red Glow Over Minnesota Credit & Copyright: Tyler Blessing
Explanation: What in heaven's blazes is that? When landing in
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA in 2002, just before his flight ascended above cloud level in the early evening, passenger Tyler Blessing saw and photographed "huge curved sheets of glowing light extending from cloud to ground." The glow appeared unlike other unusual lights more typically seen, including crepuscular rays, anticrepuscular rays and the glory. A leading possibility, mentioned initially by the photographer, is that the light sheets are setting sunlight scattered off of falling rain. Alternatively, the phenomenon could just be a peculiar window reflection. APOD readers, who have previously shown an impressive ability to pool their collective intelligence to create a better understanding of photographed sky anomalies, are invited to discuss this online. It might help to know that EXIF data indicates that the image was captured on 2002 September 23 at about 8:07 pm in the evening (local time), and that the camera was reported to be pointing north of west at that time. The oval on the ground, visible in the lower right of the above image, is Canterbury Downs race track.

Now you have to admit, this is interesting..A red glow in the sky..If I was in the plane and saw this, my mind would have gone in high gear and don't know what I would have thought..but it would have made me nervous. So much we don't know and fun learning new things..
Till next time, keep looking up..

9 comments:

Sweet Repose said...

Obviously the 'Mothership' and some sort of cloaking device...well if ya can't have a lil' fun...right...

Especially in the light of the constant snow falls you guys are getting. We have been so lucky this year with very few snows and nothing over 6 inches, in my area anyway.

After last years 10 inch snows every weekend, this winter has been good...if any winter is good.

One more day closer to spring...

sharon

High Desert Diva said...

I like Sharon's explanation...ha!

Rosihue said...

that's amazing!!!

Totally Timmy said...

Whatever it is, it sure is beautiful.

ElegantSnobbery said...

Wow, that is really weird!! I like Sharon's explanation, too! LOL, very funny!

Jenn said...

This would be one of those situations where you could say "til next time, try to NOT look down" lol. What a freaky thing but it is beautiful!

CountryDreaming said...

I'm going to take a wild guess that this might be an atmospheric effect known as a "sun dog" or parhelion. Just a possibility.

Hey Harriet said...

Very interesting! Like you, I'd freak out a little (ok, a lot!) if I was in a plane headed toward a mass of red in the sky!

Lemon Shortbread said...

Wow! I've never seen such a thing before, it's so beautiful and thanks for sharing it!