Wondrous Sun Pillar Awes Skywatchers Across Wisconsin


Sun pillars are beautiful and wondrous… And the source of some UFO reports.

One of the most amazing in recent days, appeared yesterday during sunset in Wisconsin. Here some beautiful pictures of this atmospheric phenomenon and enjoy the sky show!

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Sun pillar forms in the sky over Wisconsin. Picture via Facebook

Light pillars are vertical shafts of light that extend either upward or downward a source of bright light, such as the sun, the moon and even street lights.

They’re called sun pillars if our star, the sun, is responsible for the light phenomenon. But, when the source is the moon or even streetlights, the name light pillar is more appropriate.

During a show, they can vary in size as you gaze at them, making you feel as if they were dancing in the sky.

Light pillars are beautiful and wondrous, but do not to mix them with northern lights.

While auroras are the result of disturbances in the magnetosphere caused by solar wind, sun pillars form when sunlight reflects off the surfaces of millions of falling ice crystals associated with thin, high-level clouds.

When is the best time to see a sun pillar or light pillar?

While sun pillars mostly appear when the sun is low in the western sky before sunset, or low in the east just after the breaking of dawn, light pillars can be seen at any time of night.

And during sunrise, the light pillars appeared below our star:

Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.

That light pillar sunset west from the town of Columbus, Wisconsin will probably stay long in the memories of those few lucky skywatchers. Thanks to Cheryl Probert for the link. Find similar headlines on Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle. [Facebook]

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