Jaw-dropping Photos Of Light Pillars In Northern Canada By Ray Majoran

Light pillars are an atmospheric optical phenomenon in which vertical bands of light appear to stream off light objects or surfaces on Earth. They occur when light is reflected off tiny ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere that together act like a gigantic mirror, reflecting the light source upwards or downwards. The light source can be anything from the sun (“solar” or “sun” pillars), to the moon (“lunar” or “moon” pillars), to streetlights. Since light pillars need dense, cold air composed mostly of ice crystals to form, they are most common in Arctic and Antarctic regions. ‘As an avid photographer in southern Canada who is particularly intrigued by the northern lights, I’ve sat at my desk drooling over some of the light pillar photos I’ve seen. Many of the pictures look like something I’d expect to see on Star Trek, X-Files, or another alien movie. I’ve even had people ask me if the existing light pillar images on the web are photoshopped. To think that this could actually be a real phenomenon, has made me want to see them that much more…’ – Ray Majoran

Jaw dropping photos of light pillars in Northern Canada by Ray Majoran

Jaw dropping photos of light pillars in Northern Canada by Ray Majoran

Jaw dropping photos of light pillars in Northern Canada by Ray Majoran

Jaw dropping photos of light pillars in Northern Canada by Ray Majoran

Jaw dropping photos of light pillars in Northern Canada by Ray Majoran

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