APOD: Unusual Light Pillars Over Latvia (2009 Jan 12)

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Re: Unusual Light Pillars Over Latvia (2009 January 12)

Post by lestheastronomer » Sun Dec 28, 2014 7:55 am

I suspect the fanning of the pillar is due to some dispersion and/or thinning of the ice crystal density with height.

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Re: APOD: Unusual Light Pillars Over Latvia (2009 Jan 12)

Post by Les Cowley » Sun Dec 28, 2014 5:33 pm

The explanation for these unusual pillars was posted on OPOD ( http://www.atoptics.co.uk/opod.htm ) some time ago. See this http://www.atoptics.co.uk/fz193.htm page. They are produced by columnar hexagonal ice crystals drifting with their long axes horizontal.

More of these pillars at -http://www.atoptics.co.uk/fz179.htm

Les Cowley (http://www.atoptics.co.uk)