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December 15, 2008

Sun Pillar Over the Great South Bay

Filed under: Sand, Sea & Sky by Bill @ 6:54 am

Anyone catch the spectacular sunset we had on Long Island last night?

Not only was it beautiful, but there was a sun pillar too. Sun pillars are caused by falling ice crystals high in the atmosphere.

Here the sun is below the horizon and the pillar is the vertical stripe to the right of center. Of course the photo does not do justice to the beauty of this scene. You had to be there.


  1. never heard of a sun pillar…but I *did* enjoy the spectacular sunset 🙂

    Comment by Bettye — December 15, 2008 @ 8:17 pm

  2. You never heard of sun pillars? I bet you’ve seen them before and just didn’t know what they were. Sometimes they can be spectacular, looking like flashlight beams shooting up from the horizon. Keep your eyes peeled this winter and you’ll see more.

    Comment by Bill — December 16, 2008 @ 3:26 am

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