Light pillars and northern lights in Bjørnevatn

This article is part of the series “2019-02: Northern Norway”.

I have seen light pillars in my life and I have seen the aurora many times. Today I got the perfect combination of these two light effects. And never ever saw I light pillars as clear as today.

To see light pillars you need cold weather. When I was out, it was between -22 °C and -24 °C, probably colder on the frozen fjord. Light pillars are caused by hexagonal ice plates that tend to hover horizontally and therefore reflecting the light vertically. The light source can by natural, as e.g. sun and moon or artificial.

I was very lucky that it was cold and clear today so that I could observe them and make some pictures.


2 comments to “Light pillars and northern lights in Bjørnevatn”

  1. Johanna 2019-02-09 20:43

    Olaf ,
    ich freue mich so sehr für Dich ! Zur richtigen Zeit am richtigen Ort :-)

  2. way-up-north 2019-02-10 16:31

    Johanna. Genau. Ich kann manchmal ein wenig neidisch sein, wenn andere zur richtigen Zeit am richtigen Ort sind. Dieses Mal hatte ich selber das Glück.

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