Norilsk resident shared beautiful natural phenomenon pictures
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Norilsk resident shared beautiful natural phenomenon pictures

April 08, 2021

The night sky shone with a colorful light forest.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Mikhail Podolyak, a photographer from Norilsk, witnessed a beautiful natural phenomenon – light columns. He told This Is Taimyr that he managed to capture the colorful sky in Kayerkan (a part of Norilsk).

“First, I saw the light poles in the central district of the city, then I decided to leave for Kayerkan. For Norilsk, light columns are not such a rarity, but this year I saw them for the first time. By the way, that day I was lucky twice: I also photographed the northern lights. This season pleases the Norilsk people with amazing atmospheric phenomena”, Mikhail said.

A pillar of light, like a solar and lunar halo, is an optical effect. It is a bright vertical stripe that extends upward from the light source. The phenomenon occurs when flat ice crystals appear in the atmosphere. Light, for example from lanterns, is scattered onto them, and beautiful pillars are formed above each bright light source. This natural phenomenon is also called the light forest.

Earlier, we wrote about the lunar halo.

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Text: Ekaterina Elkanova, Photo: Mikhail Podolyak

April 08, 2021

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