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    { colorful light pillars }
How can an aurora appear so near the ground? Pictured above are not aurora but nearby light pillars - 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. Usually these ice crystals 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 crystal fog. These ice crystals may then reflect ground lights in columns not unlike a sun pillar.
In the above picture, the colorful lights causing the light pillars surround a ice-skating rink in Fairbanks, Alaska.

    { colorful light pillars }

    How can an aurora appear so near the ground? Pictured above are not aurora but nearby light pillars - 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. Usually these ice crystals 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 crystal fog. These ice crystals may then reflect ground lights in columns not unlike a sun pillar.
    In the above picture, the colorful lights causing the light pillars surround a ice-skating rink in Fairbanks, Alaska.
    — 1 year ago with 8 notes
    #colorful  #aurora  #light pillars  #phenomenon  #sun pillars  #ice crystals  #crystal fog  #fairbanks  #alaska  #nature  #nature photography 
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