Look At These Absolutely Stunning Pictures Of Light Pillars Over Peterborough Last Night

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Those weren't alien lights you saw last night (February 25th). They are called light pillars, which happen during cold temps like we experienced last night into early this morning. The visual phenomenon is created by the reflection of light from ice crystals in the atmosphere. Local photographer Jay Callaghan is a night owl, and took these beautiful pics below around 1:45 a.m. in the Parkhill Rd West area looking towards Chemong. "Once the clouds rolled in the pillars disappeared, so I was at the right place at the right time," Jay tells us. You sure were.


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