I love going outside at night. Especially in the winter, when of course the darkness allows us to see the stars and all manner of other celestial bodies, like planets and comets. And of course the northern lights. We went out for a last midnight walk last night with the dogs and the aurora were spectacular. I tried to take some photos, but they were not successful. (Somehow I can save a life – at times – but can’t seem to master the settings on my camera.)
But a few nights ago we saw something quite strange. Beautiful, but eerily mysterious. We are between 500 and 800 meters away from the lights of town, and ordinarily the twinkling of these lights at night is quite lovely. And comforting. But what we saw the other night was straight out of a scene from an alien invasion movie. We didn’t actually see any space ships, but if there are missing people in Yellowknife this weekend, I know why.
When we first went outside, all of the city lights to the west of us were sending beams of light straight up into the sky for some hundreds of meters. Each light is a slightly different color, so it was strange and wondrous. As we watched, this effect diminished in the west but moved over the town to the north. Was this the aliens searching for more souls, innocents asleep in their beds?
I was able to capture this on my camera, and I put the evidence before you. Look closely to see if you can see the space craft that I missed. Although I think the photos are interesting, keep in mind that a camera at night, at least mine, is a poor approximation of reality, and also keep in mind that these photos are taken from nearly a kilometer away. (Or 0.6 of a mile if you are Linda!). Its beautiful and hauntingly strange.
The remote possibility of aliens aside, I’m sure there is a rational meteorological explanation for this. Some phenomenon of cold and ice crystals that reflects or diffuses the light? I’ve no idea but I’m hoping some wise and all knowing reader can enlighten me.
I enclose here another few scenes from our outside our window and on the ski trail over the last few weeks. Its been a cold but gloriously beautiful month. (I can say that now because the sun is shining and there is fluffy fresh snow everywhere. Without the sun its still beautiful, but not glorious.)