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Strange, eerie pillars of light appear in the skies over Japan

By T.K. Randall
May 23, 2024 · Comment icon 5 comments
Japan light pillars.
The spectacle was certainly impressive. Image Credit: Twitter / @maashii_taiy
The phenomenon, which was visible over the ocean, occurs under very specific atmospheric conditions.
Residents of Japan's Tottori prefecture earlier this month were treated to a rare and impressive phenomenon when peculiar vertical pillars of light appeared in the clouds high above.

When photographs and video clips started to appear on social media, many users speculated that the light beams could be a sign of alien visitors or some sort of secretive military testing.

In truth, however, there did happen to be a conventional explanation for the spectacle.
One clue is the fact that the lights appeared above the sea and there happened to be a lot of fishing boat activity at the time that they were visible.

Known locally as 'Isaribi Kochu', these eerie light pillars occur when ice crystals which form during specific atmospheric conditions interact with the bright lights used by fishermen to attract fish at night.

While it is an established phenomenon, it doesn't occur all that often so is still quite unusual to see.

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Kittens Are Jerks 1 month ago
So beautiful! I imagined a small army of angels with swords raised for battle.
Comment icon #2 Posted by ouija ouija 1 month ago
Comment icon #3 Posted by Buzz_Light_Year 1 month ago
Babylon 5 the Shadows Planet Killers.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Robotic Jew 1 month ago
Obvious cover up. It's clearly Bigfoot!
Comment icon #5 Posted by Bendy Demon 1 month ago
Awesome! I adore seeing images of atmospheric phenomenon like that. Explainable yet amazing at the same time!

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