Sun pillar

Sun pillar

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Credit: FRANK ZULLO/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. Photographed over the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona, USA.

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

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