On a clear and cold night, beams of light appeared to be coming from the ground
and shooting skyward.
A light pillar is a visual phenomenon created by
the reflection of light from ice crystals with near horizontal parallel planar
The light can come from the Sun (usually at or low to the horizon) in which case
the phenomenon is called a sun pillar or solar pillar. It can also come from
the Moon or from terrestrial sources such as streetlights.