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.

Image credit: Walter Tape (Alaska Fairbanks), Figure 8-1, Atmospheric Halos

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.

Image credit: Walter Tape (Alaska Fairbanks), Figure 8-1, Atmospheric Halos

  1. xwhygiveupx reblogged this from distant-traveller and added:
    Light Pillars :)
  2. wavehunters reblogged this from distant-traveller
  3. sannahkhan reblogged this from star--lords
  4. star--lords reblogged this from freedomoftheforest
  5. knowyournebulae reblogged this from distant-traveller
  6. just-enjoy-the-ride reblogged this from freedomoftheforest
  7. meowmeowking reblogged this from freedomoftheforest
  8. soulbouquets reblogged this from freedomoftheforest
  9. freedomoftheforest reblogged this from just-l-o-v-e-l-y-darling
  10. white--swan reblogged this from somanydreamsareswingingout
  11. binniethecutiepatootie reblogged this from somanydreamsareswingingout
  12. somanydreamsareswingingout reblogged this from iggyigzz
  13. iggyigzz reblogged this from youarebeautifulstaystrong
  14. cemetery-sex reblogged this from just-l-o-v-e-l-y-darling
  15. greenbowls-luckycharms reblogged this from bareemotions
  16. sarge-78 reblogged this from thatblackcountrygirl
  17. nowindnow reblogged this from just-l-o-v-e-l-y-darling
  18. youarebeautifulstaystrong reblogged this from thatblackcountrygirl
  19. thatblackcountrygirl reblogged this from just-l-o-v-e-l-y-darling
  20. heavybreathsofdespair reblogged this from just-l-o-v-e-l-y-darling
  21. stoned-mama reblogged this from just-l-o-v-e-l-y-darling
  22. aastrum reblogged this from just-l-o-v-e-l-y-darling
  23. bareemotions reblogged this from just-l-o-v-e-l-y-darling
  24. luciddreamerxo reblogged this from just-l-o-v-e-l-y-darling
  25. kaissyaime reblogged this from distant-traveller
  26. scarybiscuit reblogged this from distant-traveller
  27. ice-fractal-glow reblogged this from distant-traveller
  28. the-league-of-minions reblogged this from momodog42 and added:
    I loved living in Fairbanks in winter. The things you would see were amazing.
  29. artaios reblogged this from rositacoto
  30. rositacoto reblogged this from distant-traveller
  31. me-and-other-ugly-things reblogged this from distant-traveller
  32. astralclassic reblogged this from distant-traveller
  33. virtue-of-courage reblogged this from distant-traveller

Theme NIGHTNIGHT by DEDDY

Hit Counter