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There's an Explanation for Those Aurora-Like Lights in Sulu

PAGASA gives an answer.
IMAGE AMARKHAN JIDARA
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You might have seen pictures online of strange candle-shaped lights floating in the Sulu night sky, and like us, you likely have questions. No, unfortunately the strange shapes weren't aliens, but they are as interesting. The phenomenon was caused by ice crystals reflecting moonlight, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, in a report by GMA News Online.

"Ang nangyari kasi dyan, mayroon silang clear skies. 'Yong manipis na cirrus clouds, mayroong ice crystals. 'Yon 'yong nag-reflect ng ilaw galing sa buwan," Raymond Ordinario, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather specialist, told GMA News Online. This phenomenon, more commonly known as light pillars, usually happens in colder parts of the world.

The pictures were taken by Amarkhan Jidara on June 30 in the province of Sulu, but this isn't the first time the lights have been seen on our side of the world. In fact, the Tausug already have a local name for it: Lansuk-Lansuk, which translates to candles.

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This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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