02/25/2014 12:45 EST

Peterborough Light Pillars Are The Cold's Prettiest Gift Yet (PHOTO)

Those weren't alien lights you saw last night. They are called light pillars, which happen during cold temps like we experienced last night into early this morning.

peterborough light pillars photo

The visual phenomenon is created by the reflection of light from ice crystals in the atmosphere. Local photographer Jay Callaghan is a night owl, and took these beautiful pics below around 1:45 a.m. in the Parkhill Rd West area looking towards Lake Chemong, in Peterborough, Ont..

"Once the clouds rolled in the pillars disappeared, so I was at the right place at the right time," Jay tells us. You sure were.


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