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EarthSky // Today's Image Release Date: Jan 16, 2016

Light pillar over Colorado Rockies

Light pillar extending up from a lighted tourist attraction, hidden behind a ridge.

View larger. | Photo by Joe Randall of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

View larger. | Photo by Joe Randall of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Joe Randall caught this image in North Cheyenne Canyon, Colorado. It’s a light pillar, a shaft of light extending from bright lights, caused by ice crystals drifting in Earth’s air.

The light pillar is from the vicinity of Seven Falls – a series of seven cascading waterfalls – which Joe said is just over the ridge in this photo. The falls are a privately owned tourist attraction and must be illuminated at night.

Joe also said you can also see a structure on the left ridge. It’s the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun.

Thank you, Joe!

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