A photographer has captured incredible light pillars in Northern Ontario. (20 Pics)

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Photographer Timothy Joseph Elzinga had an unusual nighttime encounter when his 2-year-old son, Gibson, woke him up at 1:30 a.m. The young boy had spotted mesmerizing colored lights in the sky. Timothy wasted no time, grabbed his camera, and captured some stunning photographs of what he later learned to be a natural phenomenon known as “light pillars.”

Timothy Elzinga shared his initial thoughts, saying, “I thought it was The Northern Lights because we live in Canada. It was a super clear night, you could see everything. These lights were shooting into the sky, blasting hundreds of feet in the air, and they were shimmering and moving.”

A light pillar is an atmospheric optical phenomenon that occurs due to the interaction of light with ice crystals. When the temperature drops, and these ice crystals align themselves horizontally while falling through the air, they effectively act as “conduits” for light, projecting it upward into the sky.

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19 Light Pillars In Minsk, Belarus

Watch the video below to see how he did it:

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