On Saturday March 17 2007 from 23:00 pst to 23:55 pst while walking Sasha, Linda and I noticed a glow in the sky similar to the aurora we see here. We drove about a mile north of Moscow so I could photograph the aurora. After a couple photos I realized it was a pillar of light. But the strange thing was it wasn’t wavering or moving from its position. It was stationary for about an hour then disappeared. I captured 18 images in a squence of the light. I then turned the images into a short movie.
The strange thing about the light is that it never moved side to side. The width of the light is at least a quarter to half mile wide, judging the distance the light spans across the ridge. There are only two very small town near where the light could of came from. But the population in the area is less than 200 people. The towns have a couple mercury vapor lights which are not bright enough to cause this effect and also the wrong color temperature, orangish red same as the clouds closer overhead lighted by Moscow. A wood mill is also near the towns but the mill is illuminated by mercury vapor lights. The ridge is about six miles from Moscow and the towns past the ridge are about 20 miles from Moscow. The light is also illiumating the top of the distant clouds, not coming from below.
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