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‘Light Pillars’ captured in North Bay, Ontario

Pillar Lights © Timothy Joseph Elzinga

‘Light Pillars’ captured in North Bay, Ontario

We were recently contacted by Michael Peters, Society member 42102, about a news story he had seen on the CBC News website.

Timothy Joseph Elzinga from Northern Ontario had captured ‘light pillars’ which he says “looked like someone from Star Trek was trying to beam people up“.

This is a fantastic example of the reflections that can result from the ice crystals in frozen fog, known as ‘diamond dust’. The crystals act like tiny mirrors suspended in the air. As such, they can reflect the the city lights below, forming these coloured columns of light.

You can see the full story along with Timothy Elzinga’s description on the CBC News website.

1 Comment
  • Laurence Green avatar

    Laurence Green

    January 15, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Here a copy of the comment I made a day or so ago on the Forum page about this wondrous photo.

    Supplementing the above comments could I add the following about this unusual phenomenon about Light Pillars?

    Here they are:- (both from the NASA APOD website with explanation brief and concise)

    Light Pillars, Latvia:-

    Light Pillars:- Ice Rink, Fairbanks, Alaska –


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