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simon3
2009-06-02 16:57:20
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Sun Pillar
Some while before sunrise on the last day of May 09 I saw this odd phenomena in the Dingle sky. Although I've seen many of the unusual atmospheric phenomena like Brocken Spectre or crepuscular rays, I don't recall seeing anything quite like this before.

There's some very reddish sky, clouds and a few aircraft contrails (so common over Dingle.) However the broad, bright vertical shape is unusual in the pre-dawn sky. It turns out it is a "Sun Pillar". From the Atmospheric Optics website "They are narrow columns of light apparently beaming directly up and sometimes downwards from the sun. They can be 5 -10 tall and occasionally even higher. Pillars are not actually vertical rays, they are instead the collective glints of millions of ice crystals. Pillars take on the colours of the sun and clouds, they can appear white and at other times shades of yellow, red or purple."

Now, I'd love to tell you that I had climbed one of the 800's thereabouts and had been waiting patiently for hours for such a vision. However the truth was it was a flooky view out of the B&B window. I can also tell that there was no tinkering with the colour in photoshop - it really was that red at 04:45. There's more at http://www.atoptics.co.uk/halo/pilpic8.htm
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Summit Comment
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Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3, Peter Walker 13 hours ago.
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Mrswoodlands a day ago.
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Seefin Mountain E Top: Up the old bog road.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: melohara 5 days ago.
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