Photographer Captured Mysterious Light Pillars Dancing Over Northern Canada.
A man in Ontario, Canada, is happy his two-year-old son woke him up in the middle of the night. After getting his son to fall back asleep, Timothy Joseph Elzinga, glimpsed through his house window, what he saw was an out of this world phenomenon. "He started crying at 1:30 a.m., so I got up and soothed him ... and out the window I had the perfect view of these dancing lights in the sky," he recalls.
Elzinga put on warm clothes as it was -0.4 °F, took out his camera, and went outside to capture what he initially thought were Northern Lights. "I was freaking out," he told the Huffington Post Canada. He called his wife to show her what actually looked like beam lights from an extraterrestrial spaceship.
The phenomenon Elzinga was observing is called light pillars.
For the most part ice crystals evaporate prior to touching the ground.
When it comes to the formation of light pillars, "tiny ice crystals reflect either natural (sun or moon) or artificial light (such as streetlights)," says Canada's The Weather Network meteorologist Eric Wenckstern.
"This type of ice crystal is flat and hexagonal in shape, and when they are suspended in the air, together they act like a gigantic mirror, reflecting the light source upwards or downwards," Wenckstern explains.
This is considered an atmospheric phenomena.
Elzinga who is also an amateur photographer, has shared the images he shot online.
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