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My daily picture – Sun pillars

  After several days when the sun has been hard to see on the Targoviste sky, today it appeared and offered us a sunset accompanied by an interesting optical phenomenon – Sun pillars. I confess I have not seen this too often and I don’t know too much about this phenomenon.

Light pillars occur when natural or artificial light reflects off flat ice crystals in the air close to the Earth’s surface.

Most sun pillars are seen when the sun is low on the horizon (generally no more than 6 degrees above) or just below it.When bright light passes from the sun through a portion of the sky containing a concentration of ice crystals, many other interesting phenomena like arcs, glories, halosand sun dogs can appear.

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Written by Ileana Calotescu

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