Sun pillar seen near sunset

Sun pillar seen near sunset

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Credit: PEKKA PARVIAINEN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Sun pillar. This optical effect of light above the Sun is most commonly seen near sunrise or sunset. The pillar may extend up to 20 arc-degrees above the Sun, and is caused by reflection of sunlight from the tops and bottoms of tabular ice crystals which are falling with their principal axes aligned vertically.

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Keywords: atmospheric effect, climate, effects, ice, light pillar, meteorology, optical effect, pillar, sun, sun pillar, weather

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