Photographer Captures Amazing Light Pillars In Northern Ontario



A man from Northern Ontario was amazed to wake up in the middle of the night. He saw beams of beautiful coloured lights shooting up in the sky. Timothy Joseph Elzinga quickly picked his camera and capture the phenomenon light pillars.

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According to National Geographic, Elzinga captured a weather phenomenon called light pillars.

Light pillars appear when artificial light (shown in diagram above) or natural light bounces off the facets of flat ice crystals wafting relatively close to the ground.
In Nesbyen, Norway
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via Greg Tomaszewicz
Alaska
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via Allisha Libby
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.
Tampere, Finland
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via Karoliina Kolehmainen
Russia
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via TheSunRise

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Photographer Captures Amazing Light Pillars In Northern Ontario

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