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    Hiker Sees Creepy “Brocken Spectre” While Hiking Alone. What Is It And How Is It Created? » TwistedSifter

    If you’re someone who is afraid of that which cannot be explained, don’t worry – this tale doesn’t end in ghosts or the paranormal, though it sort of starts out that way.

    Brocken Spectres were first described by scientist Johann Silberschlag, who saw the phenomenon on Brocken mountain in Germany.

    When the sun is low on a misty outdoor day, a shadow is cast by the observer onto the mist, which can make it appear as if a tall, shadowy figure is watching you.

    The water droplets on the mist make it even more disorientating, as the shadow can even appear to be moving toward you.

    In the end, though, it’s ultimately just you being frightened by your own shadow.

    The specters have ben seen for a very long time, and likely explain very old sightings of “Dark Watchers” reported for hundreds of years in…

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