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Sun pillar at Vancouver Island

Sun pillars happen when sunlight reflects from plate-like ice crystals, drifting through Earth’s atmosphere with a horizontal orientation, gently rocking from side to side as they fall.

Photo taken March 12, 2018, by Wally Roth, near Lantzville, British Columbia.

Wally Roth at Sebastian Beach – about midway up Vancouver Island, in British Columbia – caught this image before sunrise Monday morning.

The vertical beam of light is called a sun pillar or light pillar. Wally wrote:

I took this image of the dawn sky a full 13 minutes before the sun peeked over the horizon.

Thanks, Wally!

Deborah Byrd

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