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Pillars of Light ....man and nature combine

#1  Postby Macdoc » Jan 13, 2017 3:25 am

Wow....have never seen anything like this

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North Bay resident Timothy Elzinga got a surprise when he awoke at 1:30 Friday morning to check in on his crying two-year-old. While using the bathroom he looked out the window and noticed beams of multi-coloured lights streaming into the dark sky. He at first thought they were the northern lights.

He quickly grabbed his cellphone and captured these pictures of the dancing streams of light.

According the National Geographic News, light pillars "appear when artificial light or natural light bounces off the facets of flat ice crystals wafting relatively close to the ground. When the light source is close to the ground, the light pillar appears above the floating crystals. When the light comes from the sun or moon, the light pillar can appear beneath them, too, as the light refracts through the crystals."



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#2  Postby DavidMcC » Jan 13, 2017 1:32 pm

Interesting! I didn't know about them,but I have heard of related atmospheric optical phenomena, in which the ice crystals are higher up in the atmosphere:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halo_(optical_phenomenon)
Halo (from Greek ἅλως, halōs[1]) is the name for a family of optical phenomena produced by light interacting with ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere. Halos can have many forms, ranging from colored or white rings to arcs and spots in the sky. Many of these are near the Sun or Moon, but others occur elsewhere or even in the opposite part of the sky. Among the best known halo types are the circular halo (properly called the 22° halo), light pillars and sun dogs, but there are many more; some of them fairly common, others (extremely) rare.
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I once saw a partial halo myself (in the Netherlands), but I didn't have a camera.
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#3  Postby Macdoc » Jan 15, 2017 4:30 am

I've seen sun dogs fairly often....maybe one full halo ...

nother photo of the pillars

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#4  Postby Made of Stars » Jan 15, 2017 11:33 am

Very cool, thanks for sharing.
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#5  Postby crank » Jan 16, 2017 7:10 pm

There was another one in Latvia I saw on APOD

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#6  Postby JoeB » Jan 16, 2017 10:19 pm

It's the rapture!
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#7  Postby newolder » Jan 16, 2017 10:24 pm

Timmy Joe's tube posted 6th Jan.
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#8  Postby tuco » Jan 16, 2017 10:35 pm

tldr: I am whiteneck, read wiki, groove ..! :P
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#9  Postby newolder » Jan 27, 2017 11:27 am

Today's spaceweather describes this image from Wyoming a couple of nights ago...
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