Light Pillar

The Curators have obtained this image of a rare light pillar from the East of Scotland. Caused when ice crystals are suspended in the atmosphere, light pillars reflect the light of urban areas. It is unusual to see them as isolated pillars over a single light source as they usually appear en masse over entire urban or intensely lit areas.


It may be that there are other, unexplained causes of the pillar and we are investigating this possibility. A military-style helicopter was observed circling the area shortly after this image was taken in the early hours of the morning, though it departed swiftly. The Aurora Borealis was also reported as being active and potentially visible in the area a few hours before this phenomenon was observed, though any relation between it and electromagnetism in the atmosphere are yet to be identified.

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