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“It looked like an alien invasion”: Dad captures stunning display of light pillars from the heavens

A father captured these stunning images of multicolored pillars beaming up into to the sky after waking up at 1.30am and thinking ALIENS were invading.

Timothy Joseph Elzinga, 33, got out of bed when two-year-old son Gibson started crying – and he noticed the incredible light show outside.

He thought someone from Star Trek was “trying to beam people up” – and quickly ran outside to investigate the yellow, green, red and blue lights.

The amateur photographer captured the incredible light pillars – caused by crystals of moisture frozen in the air – reflecting light over Ontario, Canada, last Friday.

Timothy, who took the images on his phone camera, said: “It looked almost supernatural – like some kind of intergalactic wars, with beams shooting down from the sky.

They look like the Northern Lights, but are something quite different (Image: Timmy Joe Elzinga / SWNS)

“It was very bright in person, like nothing I’ve even seen before. It seems like nobody has really seen this kind of thing, either.

“There were beams of light being shot out of the atmosphere down to the ground, all different colours shimmering and changing.

“It’s about the one time I’ll be glad to get waked up at 1.30am by my son crying. If not for that I would have missed it.”

The pillars are caused when artificial light passes through frozen water molecules (Image: Timmy Joe Elzinga / SWNS)

Light pillars are caused when temperatures plummet so low that water molecules in the air freeze but can remain stationary in vertical shafts.

The light pillars captured by Timothy in -18C temperatures were particularly dazzling as they reflected artificial light from neon signs, homes – and even traffic lights changing from red to green.

The temperature was just -18C when these images were taken (Image: Timmy Joe Elzinga / SWNS)

Unlike the natural northern lights, light pillars can be partly man-made and there are no magnetic fields involved.

Timothy added: “It was pretty amazing. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.

“It was so cold that night that it froze the moisture in the air, creating crystals so small that are perfect for prisms of light to shoot out from.”

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It is the anomaly caused by the US “HARP” program. Expect more problems with “HARP”- as it is like this: Some stupid thinks OK give poor little North Korea a low level nuclear water plant- ends up with poor under-educated Korea having inter continental missiles. HARP disrupts natural features of global magnetic waves etc .. invisible Mother Nature didn’t approve; now expect more problems not possible to attribute to Aliens owners of fine UFO’s. If you can get a brain transplant maybe you should get one.


James Gittins, this one?


No there was align ships about


It’s no an invasion fake arusing media.


Meteor shower on way night will turn to day, will light up the sky everywhere blessings on way for all, the ending of everything old, new beginnings on way for everyone, but can’t build new on old so old ways and things must go. Everything old will crumble make way for new but sorry no alien invasion, unless we start one and we not that stupid so just enjoy the ride embrace it all and look forward to new beginnings.


I’ve seen this a thousand times in nd. the frozen air does this, sorry


There on there way falling angels told u all too stop the garden is now for who thay pick I tryed too help u