By T.K. Randall
January 2, 2023 · 1 comment
Dozens of witnesses took to social media to post photographs and video clips of the unusual aerial phenomenon.
While it is certainly not unusual to see lights in the sky over Las Vegas, the phenomenon in the night sky over Sin City last month was seemingly something a little more unusual.
Consisting of red and white glowing lights shining through the clouds, the spectacle was enough to unnerve a lot of people on the ground and the mystery was soon all over social media.
Suffice to say the sightings were unlikely to be the result of extraterrestrial visitation, but, perhaps more intriguingly, they weren’t necessarily down to any sort of conventional aircraft either.
According to the National Weather Service, the most probable culprit was a type of fascinating atmospheric phenomenon known as ‘light pillars’.
“Long pillars of multicolored light streaking the sky seem like the perfect backdrop for impending alien invasion, but in reality, light pillars are a common effect that can be found all over the world,” the agency wrote on its website.
“They do come from above – not extraterrestrials, but tiny crystals of ice hanging in the atmosphere. Ice is very thin, shaped like plates with hexagonal faces.”
“When ice drifts down through the air, it falls close to horizontally.”
“At the top and bottom are the faces with more area. Ice is very reflective, so when light hits those wider faces, it bounces around and reflects off more ice crystals.”
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Source: NDTV.com | Comments (1)