Mysterious Light Columns In Latvia

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PostThu Jan 15, 2009 10:20 pm » by domdabears


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These stunning images show mysterious columns of light streaming into the sky above the town of Sigulda in Latvia at the end of last month.

Taken by designer Aigar Truhins with a standard digital camera, the photographs have prompted excited online discussions among amateur astronomists all over the internet.

'My son exclaimed, 'The aliens are coming!'' Truhins was quoted as saying.

'It certainly looked that way,' he added.

But experts are agreed there may be a more prosaic explanation - ice crystals in the air.

The air above the town was notably cold and filled with suspended ice crystals.

It is believed that the columns were formed by those reflecting light from the bright streetlamps and other lights on the ground - beaming it back downwards again.

Skies all over Europe have been filled with such natural phenomena during the cold snap of recent weeks.
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Scientists at the website spaceweather.com said: 'Truhin’s pillars are not the ordinary kind. Even eading experts in atmospheric optics can’t quite figure them out
'These pillars are mysterious. They have unexplained curved tops and even curved arcs coming from their base.

'Arcs in rare displays like these could be from column crystals to give parts of tangent arcs, others could be the enigmatic Moilanan arc or even the recently discovered reflected Parry arc.

'We do not know – so take more photos on cold nights!'
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PostThu Jan 15, 2009 10:34 pm » by domdabears


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PostThu Jan 15, 2009 10:38 pm » by Towelie


No idea what they are but they make beautiful pics.
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PostThu Jan 15, 2009 10:43 pm » by domdabears


towelie wrote:No idea what they are but they make beautiful pics.

Sure do. That had to of been one hell of a sight. :sunny:
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PostFri Jan 16, 2009 12:29 am » by Theshee


towelie wrote:No idea what they are but they make beautiful pics.

Totaly agree :flop: How strange!! I would have loved to have seen them here.

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PostFri Jan 16, 2009 1:13 am » by Alexrubic


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Yes they are beautiful.

I tend to accept the official explanation - it makes the most sense seeing as the one orange coloured column happens to be immediately above an orange street lights while the other fainter blueish-white columns are all above the smaller blueish white-coloured street lights!

Isn't nature wonderful?
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PostFri Jan 16, 2009 1:20 am » by Towelie


Strange how the light seems to curve though.
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PostFri Jan 16, 2009 1:35 am » by Alexrubic


Well, as the article says:
'These pillars are mysterious. They have unexplained curved tops and even curved arcs coming from their base.

'Arcs in rare displays like these could be from column crystals to give parts of tangent arcs, others could be the enigmatic Moilanan arc or even the recently discovered reflected Parry arc.

'We do not know – so take more photos on cold nights!'


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The Moilanan Arc

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Parry and Lowitz Arcs

They are not unknown in nature!
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PostFri Jan 16, 2009 4:27 am » by domdabears


alexrubic wrote:Well, as the article says:
'These pillars are mysterious. They have unexplained curved tops and even curved arcs coming from their base.

'Arcs in rare displays like these could be from column crystals to give parts of tangent arcs, others could be the enigmatic Moilanan arc or even the recently discovered reflected Parry arc.

'We do not know – so take more photos on cold nights!'


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The Moilanan Arc

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Parry and Lowitz Arcs

They are not unknown in nature!

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PostFri Jan 16, 2009 6:12 pm » by Jakelee


It reminds of a videoclip I watched on youtube or maybe Disclose about a year ago.
It was infrared night-footage taken in Iraq by American soldiers. It also had Audio and you could hear the soldiers response- they were flabbergastered !
There was several of these vertical light / energy columns as well....
Sorry folks,I don´t have the link but maybe a googling can do the trick...good luck I´m too busy ;)
greetings J.


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