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This Guy Took Some Amazing Photos Of "Light Pillars" Filling The Night Sky

"I thought it was the Northern Lights at first."

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Here's the incredible light show that filled the night sky last week in North Bay, Ontario.

Timmy Joe Elzinga

Timmy Joe Elzinga realized he was seeing something really special, and he managed to get these amazing photos of red, green, and yellow columns of light filling the sky.

Elzinga said he would have missed the whole thing if he hadn't been woken up in the middle of the night by his two-year-old son Gibson.

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After calming Gibson down, Elzinga looked outside and was stunned by the dancing lights he saw.

Elzinga rushed outside and saw some of his neighbours peering at the sky as well. "It definitely looks like something out of Close Encounters or something."

Timmy Joe Elzinga

It wasn't until later, when he did some googling, that Elzinga realized that he had seen "light pillars."

Light pillars occur when ice crystals in the air refract light into vertical columns. This can be happen with street lights or other sources of light on the ground.

Timmy Joe Elzinga

"I was just at the perfect spot to capture the pictures," Elzinga said.

He uploaded the photos to Imgur and published a YouTube video about them as well, and he's gotten a huge reaction to the photos.

Ishmael Daro is a social news editor for BuzzFeed and is based in Toronto.

Contact Ishmael N. Daro at ishmael.daro@buzzfeed.com.

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