First observation of glory from space

P. L. Israelevich, J. H. Joseph, Z. Levin, Y. Yair

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The glory observed from space for the first time during the the last flight of the space shuttle Columbia. The glory was an atmospheric optical phenomenon that was observed as concentric colored circles around the antisolar point. The observation was performed by a Xybion radiometric camera model IMC-201, the main science instrument in the Mediterranean Israeli Dust Experiment (MEIDEX) on board the space shuttle Columbia STS-107 flight in January 2003. The camera was equipped with a rotating filter wheel with six narrow-band filters. The central wavelengths were 340, 380, 470, 555, 665, and 860 nm, while the full widths at half maximum of these six filters were 4, 4, 30, 30, 50, and 40 nm. The camera was equipped with a 50-mm Hamamatsu UV lens that was adjusted with a special baffle to mitigate stray light from entering the optics. The video format of the IMC-201 camera was National Television System Committee (NTSC), enabling it to produce its video output at 30 frames per second.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1772-1774
Number of pages3
JournalBulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2009


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