What's happening behind those houses?
Pictured above are not
aurora but nearby
a local phenomenon that can appear as a distant one.
In most places on Earth, a lucky viewer can see a
Sun-pillar, a column of light
appearing to extend up from the
Sun caused by flat fluttering
ice-crystals reflecting sunlight from the upper atmosphere.
evaporate before reaching the ground.
During freezing temperatures, however,
flat fluttering ice crystals may form near the
ground in a form of light snow, sometimes known as a
These ice crystals may then reflect ground lights
in columns not unlike a
While going out to buy
cat food, a quick thinking photographer captured the
above light pillars extending up from bright parking lot lights in
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