If you’re unfamiliar with light pillars, prepare yourself for an education in a phenomenon that seems totally out of this world. Otherwise known as “aurora verticalis,” light pillars are atmospheric columns of light created by the reflection of ice crystals in the clouds. As such, light pillars are often seen in cold, icy places like Alaska and Norway, and they are absolutely incredible to behold. If you thought that the northern lights were out of this world, light pillars take it to the next level. See some amazing light pillar photography below.