What are these multicolor strange beams of light linking the ground to the sky?
Some laser beams? Doors to another dimension? No it’s an amazing but extremely rare nature phenomenon.
There was something very unsual scraping the sky of Novy Urengoy this afternoon. Several tall columns were shining up from the ground, radiating different colors from orange to blue light.
So what the hell is this?
A floodlight or something? Some laser beams? Doors to another dimension? No, this mysterious sky show has been appearing along with frigid temperatures in Russia these days.
These rare vertical columns of light appear when artificial light or natural light bounces off the facets of flat ice crystals wafting relatively close to the ground.
When the light source is close to the ground, the light pillar appears above the floating crystals. When the light comes from the sun or moon, the light pillar can appear beneath them, too, as the light refracts through the crystals.
An intense polar vortex is currently hitting Russia since about a week with people skating on icy streets in Kazan:
and sparkling electric transport in Moscow and in the Moscow region due to frozen cables:
Our climate is completely going crazy!