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Mictian

Glowing eyes in a foggy mirror

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There is quite a few people asking this question, it has nothing to do with spirits.

One reason it happens in hotel rooms could be because mirrors can often have permanent marks from years of condensation and soap setting in as well as cleaning and the hotel mirrors tend to be cleaned more often than home mirrors, hotel mirrors would be cleaned everyday by the cleaners, so over time the cleaning agent they use will leave an film. This and the amount of condensation in there would be perfect to create the glory effect.

10 hours ago, rjulia said:

This happened to me in a hotel room

Very common to happen in a hotel room because of the above reason. By looking at the picture,  the mirror has had its fair share of condensation and no doubt cleaning agents on it.

 

Aldo found this and from an earlier post:

 

It sounds like you have light from the bathroom lights reflecting off of your eyeballs. This reflected light is then reflecting off of the foggy mirror, and being dispersed by the condensation, blurring the light as it reflects back to your eye, and looks like a "ring" around your eye. 

On 2/22/2012 at 10:43 PM, giant781 said:

This is a "glory" type effect. Light coming straight at a foggy mirror is scattered in all directions by droplets floating in the air (steam), longer wavelengths scatter farther (red has a long wavelength). Then this scattered light is reflected back by the mirror

 

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I got a pic of this phenomenon, too. Notice the halo over my phone's camera lens? It's directly under the light.

As with other people who've posted about these "eye halos," this happened to me in foggy bathrooms after hot showers in hotel rooms in the Southwest (Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and Sedona). This was in March. Maybe it has something to do with the dry cool air from outside meeting the warm wet air from the bathroom.

My wife saw them, too. If you invited other people into the bathroom and they couldn't see "eye halos," it was because they weren't standing in the right place. Have them stand *exactly* where you were standing, with their eyes at the *exact* same level. Then they should see "eye halos" as well -- not around your eyes, of course, but around their own eyes.

This isn't a supernatural phenomenon. It's a real, physical phenomenon, happening in the real world, not in your head. But it's an observer-specific effect, so it can really freak you out. Actually, I think this effect may happen often, but it's usually more subtle, and we normally avert our eyes from the foggy part of the mirror, so we don't notice it. It reminds me of the rings you see around street lamps at night.

(But if you need a supernatural explanation for eye halos, I can help. The ancient Navarinos believed that eye halos are a message from the Great Spirit that you are a special and enlightened being. Eyes are windows of the soul, so if your eyes glow, your soul must be really wonderful. But the even more ancient Anazazas believed that eye halos are a friendly notice from the Great Spirit that you're being too narcissistic; not everything you see in the universe is about you. Either way, the Great Spirit wants you to focus on being good to others. Take whichever explanation you like best.)

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The effect is obviously related to having a view that is orthogonal (ie at 90 degrees, both up/down and left/right) to the mirror, and it appears that lighting must also be at or close to orthogonal, as in both examples we have either a light very close to the line of sight, or strong backlighting.

Also, the amount of fog and its nature appear to be critical too - I've been trying to duplicate the effect but having not much success so far.  I suspect that the quality of the mirror glass's surface, and also any chemical residue from cleaning, also comes into it.  Those of you that have used RainX on your windscreens and seen how it makes the glass fog up differently will know what I mean..

As I pointed out earlier, all these characteristics are consistent with heiligenschein, which is what I believe it is.

So photographing anything other than a camera lens with the halo is going to be a challenge, but I shall continue trying!

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On 5/10/2017 at 6:05 PM, ChrLzs said:

rjulia, well done!!  Kudos to you for being the first to actually attempt to record the phenomena.  I'm going to experiment with different cleaning methods and now you've given me an idea of the extent of the 'fogginess' that caused the effect, I might have a better chance of reproducing it...

 

Might take a while, but I hope to be back.  BTW If this turns into a scientific paper, I shall give credit where due!

Thank you so much!! How can I give you my email? I'd love to hear more about your experiment. Props to you! 

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5 hours ago, rjulia said:

Thank you so much!! How can I give you my email? I'd love to hear more about your experiment. Props to you! 

I'll pm (send a private message to) you.

I've tried without success so far, but I do have some other lighting techniques yet to be applied.

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I was back in the same flat this year and the same thing happened, i took a photo but the same thing happened like in this girls photo, the lens of the camera had the effect not the camera.I see if i can find it and post it.

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On 2/3/2008 at 5:15 AM, Mictian said:

Everytime I get out of the shower, the mirror in my bathroom is always reasonably foggy (I like hot showers!)

However, lately I've noticed that when I look at my own eyes in the reflection of the fogged mirror, they almost look like they're glowing. I don't really know how to describe it, but being a design artist, thought I might try and photoshop what it looks like i'm seeing. Making a cameo appearance in my thread will be Christian Bale. I tried to make it look like the reflection in a foggy mirror aswell.

Here we go

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That's the best that I could come up with at the moment, and actually looks quite close to what I see.

What's going on here? I thought i'd post this in the "Natural World" section because I don't think it's anything paranormal, and I'm assuming there's some explanation.

Just really intrigued, it's quite strange. Anyone have any ideas?

I know this is an old post, but I've made an account here because this came up when I typed what has happened to me. So, I don't have any answers, but your not alone. Lol.

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On 6/20/2017 at 7:39 AM, ChrLzs said:

I've tried without success so far, but I do have some other lighting techniques yet to be applied.

Sadly I can add an update.  No success still.  I suspect it is not only needing very precise lighting angles, but also the camera needs to aligned in front of your eyes in a direct line.  But then... well, there's a flippin camera in the way.. :D  Right now my climate is not very conducive to foggy mirrors, but I'll keep at it.. maybe one day.  I still think it is related to Heiligenschein.

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"Glowing eyes in a foggy mirror" sounds like it should be a song title

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