Sun pillar or light pillar

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What is a sun pillar or a light pillar? A sun/light pillar is a beam of light that extends above or even below the light source. Hexagonal ice platelets gently falling through the sky reflect the light forming the pillars.

Light pillars are known to form over brightly lit towns and cities during the night. Very light snow is also known to help reflect light and form light pillars. They make for a beautiful picture.

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