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(Toronto Sun)   Awesome photos of a little-observed but stunning natural event: light pillars. This is probably about as close as you'll come to ever seeing one   (torontosun.com) divider line 24
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2014-02-27 11:49:41 AM
This happened over Fort Collins, Colorado in the late 80s/Early 90s. I saw them but it was 3 AM so I couldn't get anyone to come and look at them. The next day everyone asked me if I'd got abducted by the mothership. So thanks, whoever posted this. I'm glad to see that they're real.
 
2014-02-27 12:02:51 PM
It's people rapturizing.
 
2014-02-27 12:04:39 PM
The Sun was not there.
 
2014-02-27 12:36:46 PM
I get a sun piller every morning at my house.
 
2014-02-27 12:41:22 PM

vudukungfu: I get a sun piller every morning at my house.


Tell him to leave you alone until you've had your coffee.
 
2014-02-27 01:47:25 PM
Saw one about two, three weeks ago.  Much less common than sun dogs.
 
2014-02-27 01:59:08 PM
I saw light pillars the other night when I was driving home from work.

I also saw them last week, and back in January, and a few times in December. They're caused by city lights reflecting off flat, horizontally-oriented ice crystals in the air. Happens a lot around here, especially on calm, clear, (cold) nights.

/Fargo, ND
//it's a streetlight
 
2014-02-27 02:00:22 PM
Seen em three or four times this winter in Michigan.
 
2014-02-27 02:01:05 PM
Enough with the Buzzfeed style headlines.
 
2014-02-27 02:07:18 PM
I've seen them many times. It isn't as unusual a phenomena as subby seems to think. I suspect subby is a southerner.
 
2014-02-27 02:47:11 PM
This is probably about as close as you'll come to ever seeing one

Sure, maybe for ya city folks.
 
2014-02-27 03:22:31 PM
This is probably about as close as you'll come to ever seeing one

I can't tell you how much I wish that were true. I've heard there are magical places; places where you'll almost never see sun dogs (unless you've dropped acid); places where rivers actually flow and you don't need an auger when you go fishing; the fabled land of Atlanta where you'll never see more than a couple inches of snow on the ground. Pure fantasy of course; the stuff that dreams are made of.
 
2014-02-27 03:25:50 PM
we have something similarly rare that occasionally happens in Seattle, we call it "Sunshine"     Not really sure what it is but I have seen pictures.
 
2014-02-27 03:26:35 PM

dennysgod: This is probably about as close as you'll come to ever seeing one

Sure, maybe for ya city folks.


The light pillars I saw were in the city last year.
 
2014-02-27 04:41:56 PM
I've seen these a few times over the years.  Usually when driving towards a decently well lit city or town on a cold winter morning.
 
2014-02-27 04:51:12 PM
pretty much see them all winter long
 
2014-02-27 04:59:23 PM
APoD had some on a few weeks ago.
 
2014-02-27 07:05:37 PM
media.moddb.com

Pillar of light, you say?
 
2014-02-27 07:05:41 PM
Any reports of large Nordic looking fellows in the area?
 
2014-02-27 08:23:12 PM
4.bp.blogspot.com

the smoke tells it's a longish exposure

3.bp.blogspot.com

1.bp.blogspot.com

images.astronet.ru


above: 3 from Finland, last one from Russia, not bad there.

upload.wikimedia.org

Wyoming

i.huffpost.com

And THIS one...would make a dandy wallpaper.

here's the Link
 
2014-02-27 09:26:03 PM
Sun Pillars are not inherently natural since the original light source is artificial light. Sun Dogs on the other hand are essentially the same thing but caused by the sun. Saw on when in Yellowknife in 04.
 
2014-02-27 10:36:27 PM

rikkards: Sun Pillars are not inherently natural since the original light source is artificial light. Sun Dogs on the other hand are essentially the same thing but caused by the sun. Saw on when in Yellowknife in 04.


You seem to have forgotten something.

I'll...let you think it over for a while.
 
2014-02-28 12:44:27 AM
Those are all the places you need to go in order to complete your objectives.
 
2014-02-28 07:56:02 PM
Here's one from my back porch:

i.imgur.com
 
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