Photographer captures amazing ‘light pillars’ phenomenon in North Bay, Ontario

‘It looked like someone from Star Trek was trying to beam people up,’ says Timothy Joseph Elzinga:

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A northern Ontario man was surprised to wake up in the middle of the night to see beams of brightly coloured lights shooting up into the sky.

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According to National Geographic, Elzinga captured a weather phenomenon called light pillars.

Light pillars appear when either natural or artificial light bounces off ice crystals floating close to the ground.

In this case, the air was so cold that ice crystals were forming in the air, reflecting the city’s street and business lights.