Spotted On Queen Street

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Light Pillars January 13, 2018
Light Pillars January 13, 2018

Local photographer, Sheri Minardi sends in this beautiful shot of Queen Street East Saturday night featuring “pillars”

Sherri writes, “I thought I would share my image with you regarding the light pillars that were visible last evening at the end of Queen St. E. around 10:00 pm last night. It is a rare weather phenomena.”

Light pillars occur when natural or artificial light reflects off flat ice crystals in the air close to the Earth’s surface. Light pillars caused by the Sun are called Solar or Sun pillars, while those caused by the Moon’s light are called Lunar or Moon pillars.

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  1. “Light pillars occur when natural or artificial light reflects off flat ice crystals in the air close to the Earth’s surface. Light pillars caused by the Sun are called Solar or Sun pillars, while those caused by the Moon’s light are called Lunar or Moon pillars.”

    Translation: Aliens.

  2. My husband and our 2 teenagers saw this exact same thing here in St. Catharines this morning at around 6:30 am.! My search for what this phenomenon was, led me to your article. One of the beams of light was pulsing. I wish they’d woken me up to see it as well!

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