Sun pillar after sunset

Yesterday – as always – I experienced a magnificent sunset. But this time, I have seen a sun pillar after the sun submerged into the dusty and humid lower layers of the atmosphere right above the line of the horizon. It was a textbook example of sun pillars, getting even bigger (the height of the image is ~45 degrees here) and more prominent after the sun itself disappeared. Read more over the famous website of atmospheric optics here, and enjoy the picture below! (I know, it would have been nicer with my DSLR, but I have only my compact with me this time…)

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