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People have been left baffled after a picture emerged showing pillars of orange and blue lights travelling upwards through the sky in Glasgow:
Steph Nixon took the photo from outside his home in Croftfoot, Glasgow, last night (6 January) and says it was like something from War of the Worlds.
Many meteorological buffs tried to explain the phenomenon as light pillars which are caused by ice crystals in the atmosphere.
But 41-year-old Steph didn't have a clue what it was. The senior quantity surveyor told LADbible: "I'm not 100 percent sure what it is however some of the comments on the photo suggest it is light pillars caused by airborne ice crystals. Apparently it's pretty rare as well."
He went on: "It was very strange looking. I went out to the back garden after dinner for some fresh air and looked up to see this.
"They were white and orange in colour which I assume is caused from street lighting. It pretty much looked like this to the naked eye, maybe a little darker. The photo was captured on my iPhone 12 Pro and turned out really well. I didn't venture out to see what it was as it was pretty icy outside last night."
After posting the picture to Twitter, it racked up over 3,600 likes and more than 1,000 retweets with many people curious as to what the lights are.
One person wrote: "Is this the thingy that happens at the end of the world? You know, when god is picking all the good people and leaves the rest of us here? The one after the plague? Is that it?"
Another added: "Man just synchronised like it's Assassins Creed."
Someone else wrote: "Beautiful! Great photo you took :-) We had similar phenomena over Oslo on Tuesday morning with '3 suns' - lots of ice crystals in the atmosphere due to the very cold weather. Magical to see!"
Another person seemed to have it all figured out: "Light pillars. Light from streetlights and other artificial lights reflect on tiny ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere."
While someone else made a very different suggestion: "The aliens have decide enough is enough - they've finally decided that we are too stupid as a species to run the planet..." Seems fair, tbh.