A Wintry Delight: Sun & Light Pillars


Sun-pillars are a column of light appearing to extend up from the Sun caused by flat fluttering ice-crystals reflecting sunlight from the upper atmosphere.

Light pillars form during freezing temperatures from flat fluttering ice crystals that form near the ground in a form of light snow. They then reflect ground lights in columns not unlike a Sun-pillar. This light pillar, below, was taken in Fairbanks, Alaska. The light surrounding an ice skating rink gave the light pillars the colorful array.




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