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   Undertoad  Saturday Nov 24 09:43 PM

11/24: Sun pillar



Late post today!

The line in the sky there isn't a camera or lens problem, and it isn't a mirage, and most importantly it isn't aliens. It's an actual event called a "sun pillar", which happens due to light refraction off ice crystals, when the sun is near the horizon. I've never seen one in person.



jet_silver  Saturday Nov 24 11:10 PM

Beautiful, UT.

I thought I'd seen all the cool atmospherics: aurora, green flash, "sun dogs", Brockengespenstphanomen... this is the first I've ever even heard of a 'sun pillar' and it is lovely.

Ice crystals in the sky. You'd see that at high latitudes... like when rounding Cape Horn. And the early mariners who went around there had enough superstition and enough actual miserable situations to make anything new and eerie like this quite frightening. It would make a terrific detail in a Patrick O'Brian book.



Scopulus Argentarius  Saturday Nov 24 11:50 PM

Re: 11/24: Sun pillar

Quote:
Originally posted by Undertoad


Late post today!

The line in the sky there isn't a camera or lens problem, and it isn't a mirage, and most importantly it isn't aliens. It's an actual event called a "sun pillar", which happens due to light refraction off ice crystals, when the sun is near the horizon. I've never seen one in person.
Nice...nice... are you sure that isn't bouncing off of Superman's Fortress of Solitude?



Cool


Chewbaccus  Sunday Nov 25 11:26 AM

That's not Superman. That's Cyclops signaling the rest of the X-Men.

...amateur.

Superiorly,

~Mike



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