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The Paulding Light (also called the Lights of Paulding or the Dog Meadow Light) is a light that appears in a valley that lies outside of Paulding, Michigan. Reports of the light have appeared since the 1960s, with popular folklore providing such explanations as ghosts, geologic activity, or swamp gas. In 2010, Syfy Channel's Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files conducted a paranormal investigation and concluded that the Paulding Light was unexplained. Michigan Tech students conducting a scientific investigation of the light in 2010 were able to see automobile headlights and tail lights when viewing the light through a telescope, and were able to recreate it by driving a car through a specific stretch of US 45.
Light pillars are a kind of optical phenomenon which is formed by the reflection of sunlight or moonlight by ice crystals that are present in the Earth's atmosphere. They are also called the crystal beam phenomenon.
The light pillar looks like a thin column that extends vertically above and/or below the source of light. The light pillar is prominently visible when the Sun is low or lies below the horizon. It normally forms an arc that extends from five to ten degrees beyond the solar disc. Light pillars can sometimes also be seen arising from the Moon.
Light pillars are formed by reflection from ice crystals with roughly horizontal faces.
Light pillars have also been known to produce false UFO reports. Niagara Falls is one such area, where the mist from the Niagara Falls causes the phenomenon to appear frequently during the winter months, where the ice crystals interact with the city's many upward facing spotlights to create prominent light pillars.
Light Pillars could also be formed by man-made light sources, such as streetlights.
This is a localized occurrence and that is clear to see. The camera is actually pointed down at this phenomena with trees be hid it.
So exactly where is it aligned with the sun here?
Um... look where the sun is. It's the sun refracting off of.. wait for it...
... ice crystals.
Yup. The fact that it is precisely lined up with the sun should be a clue. But apparently not good enough for some people.
Not claiming it's anything but an unknown and very interesting. However I also think it's very different than a sun dog. A sun dog does not form in close proximity and is a false perception of light being refracted thru the distant atmosphere. This is a localized occurrence and that is clear to see. The camera is actually pointed down at this phenomena with trees be hid it. Now you want to claim it's a dust devil made from ice crystals? I can see it being that. It's not a sun dog.