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EarthSky // Today's Image Release Date: Dec 29, 2013

Light pillars over Ontario

Light pillars form when a bright light reflects off the surfaces of millions of falling ice crystals associated with thin, high-level clouds.

View larger. | Wesley Liikane in Severn Bridge, Ontario captured these light pillars on December 23, 2013.   See more photos by Wesley at Cowboy with a Camera on Facebook.

View larger. | Wesley Liikane in Severn Bridge, Ontario captured these light pillars on December 23, 2013. See more photos by Wesley at Cowboy with a Camera on Facebook.

Wesley Liikane in Severn Bridge, Ontario captured this beautiful photo of light pillars, which are vertical shafts of light extending from a bright light source. They can be five to 10 degrees tall and sometimes even higher. They might lengthen or brighten as you gaze at them. He wrote:

On the evening of December 23, you could see the ‘sundog,’ caused by ice crystals in the air … I knew the night was going to be great, with even colder weather coming, and hoped the ice crystals would stay long enough to catch some light pillars. This image was captured down the road from my house on Highway 11, showing the lights from the local city making some wonderful light pillars. Just another reason the night can be so fun! Thanks for viewing and hope your holiday season is going wonderfully.

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