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Pinedale Light Pillars. Photo by Dave Bell.
Pinedale Light Pillars
Light pillars in Pinedale on Tuesday night, January 24, 2017. Photo by Dave Bell.

Pillars of light. Photo by Fred Pflughoft.
Pillars of light
Photo by Fred Pflughoft
Light Pillars
January 24, 2017

Dave Bell and Fred Pflughoft caught the amazing light pillars shooting into the sky on Tuesday night over Pinedale. Dave said, "One of my buddies remarked that "light pillars" are like our form of the aurora borealis. He had a point there – as tonight’s display, as the storm moved out and the skies cleared and the temperature dropped, the light pillars really popped."

According to Wikipedia: "A light pillar is an atmospheric optical phenomenon in the form of a vertical band of light which appears to extend above and/or below a light source. The effect is created by the reflection of light from numerous tiny ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere or clouds."

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  • Light pillars around midnight. Photo by Dave Bell.
    Light pillars around midnight
    Photo by Dave Bell. Dave said he was still up around midnight on Tuesday night and was rewarded with the most intense pillar display he has ever seen. He took this image from his house using a Canon 5d3/Zeiss Distagon ZE 21 at f3.5/ISO 350/30-second exposure. In this photo, the winter constellation Orion is framed in the picture up top, center. "That was part of what made this so cool--Orion and its main stars--Rigel, Betelgeuce, Bellatrix and Saiph--. The brightest star, upper corner of the constellation is Rigel."

    Pinedale DEQ webcam. Photo by Pinedale DEQ webcam.
    Pinedale DEQ webcam
    Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality Pinedale webcam image from Tuesday night, Jan. 24, 2017
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