APOD Feb 5, 2006

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Robin Eppard
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APOD Feb 5, 2006

Post by Robin Eppard » Thu Mar 16, 2006 11:22 pm

On Feb 5, 2006 APOD published a beautiful photo of a sun pillar as the
> western backdrop to Lake Tahoe. I live near Lake Tahoe, in
> Gardnerville, Nevada. Last evening, as the full moon rose in the
> east, there appeared to be a "moon pillar." Do these exist as well,
> and for the same reasons?

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Post by l3p3r » Fri Mar 17, 2006 12:24 pm

Hi Robin,
Welcome to the APOD forums. Yes this is the same phenomenon. Pillars occur from any light source as long as the orientation of the light source relative to the observer is correct and if the weather conditions are suitable.

See this one for example.