There was an incredible mirror image city map reflected in the night sky over Finland

Ellen Stewart
Monday 18 January 2016 11:40
Science and Tech

An incredible vision of the night sky was captured over Finland and it's like nothing you've seen before.

The spectacle - which saw lights of the city of Eura reflected in the sky - was caught on camera by Mia Heikkilä on 13 January and is a striking example of a naturally occurring phenomenon known as light pillars.

Light pillars are caused by ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere. The crystals can take on a bunch of different shapes and sizes but usually form as flat hexagons in the air.

As they fall to earth light refracts off the flat edges of the crystals and can create city maps made of terrestrial lights reflected in the sky.

The mirror image is visible in the street map of one of Eura's neighbourhoods below:

H/T Slate

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