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sun pillar

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noun Astronomy.
  1. a halo phenomenon in which a vertical streak of light appears above and below the sun, believed to be caused by the reflection of sunlight by ice crystals with vertical axes.
Compare moon pillar.

Origin of sun pillar

First recorded in 1900–05
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