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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 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.
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.

After calming Gibson down, Elzinga looked outside and was stunned by the dancing lights he saw.
Timmy Joe Elzinga / YouTube / Via youtube.com

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

"I just saw these insane lights coming out of the sky," Elzinga said. "I thought it was the Northern Lights at first."

Timmy Joe Elzinga

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."

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

"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.
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.

"Some people were saying they're faked or photoshopped, but I know they're real because I have a bunch of blurry photos that didn't turn out," Elzinga said.

Timmy Joe Elzinga

"I think people see this as otherworldly."

Timmy Joe Elzinga

Ishmael N. Daro is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto. PGP fingerprint: 5A1D 9099 3497 DA4B

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