Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Light Pillars from a Little Planet
Posted on 01/30/2014 11:28:31 PM PST by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Eerie pillars of light ring the edges of this snowy little planet. Of course the little planet is planet Earth, shown in a nadir-to-zenith, around-the-horizon, little planet projection. The spherical panoramic image mosaic maps a view from Siilinjärvi in eastern Finland. Flat ice crystals, like those more often found in high, thin clouds, are gently fluttering in very cold air near the surface. The pillars of light appear as their briefly horizontal facets reflect upward directed light from ground sources downward, toward the observer. In fact, the fluttering crystals produce an effect analogous to the shimmering columns of moonlight or sunlight reflected by surface waves across water.
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[Credit & Copyright: Janne Voutilainen]
Impossible to guess the origins of that magnificent image!
Very interesting read.
Thank you so much, SunkenCiv!
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