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Pillar of light rises over mountains at sunset

Pillar of light rises over mountains at sunset
Sun pillar over Seattle with the Pacific Science Center arches on the right. (Photo: Dan Lewis)
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Wow, what a sight at sunset around Seattle Tuesday evening.

Our Dan Lewis was out snapping photos and got this great shot of sun pillar as the sun dropped below the Olympic Mountains and horizon.

The pillars are caused by ice crystals in clouds positioned in just the right way that it reflects the sun light in this column-like fashion.

You can find out more on this neat phenomenon at the Atmospheric Optics site

Here is time lapse video of the event, courtesy of KOMO photographer Dan Magden:


Photos: Partial solar eclipse