FELLOWSVILLE, W.Va. – An unusual optical phenomenon was caught in Fellowsville in Preston County Wednesday night. This is called a light pillar.
According to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a light pillar (or sun pillar during the day) is when “light reflects off the surfaces of falling ice crystals associated with thin, high-level clouds”.
Hexagonal plate-like ice crystals then fall horizontally as they rock from side to side.
Areas of brightness appear in the sky as light is reflected off of these tipped ice crystals.