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'Rain of luminous beams' appears in the sky of Xiamen Huandao Road

Updated: 12 Jul 2010
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The singular sight lasted for nearly one hour. Photo: Southeast Express
 

Dozens of vertical luminous beams appeared in the night sky of Xiamen about 11:30pm last Friday, reports Southeast Express.

 

The singular sight, which lasted for nearly one hour, was first discovered by Mr. Wang's friend, a resident in Huangcuo, near Xiamen’s famous Huandao Road.

 

According to Mr. Wang, his friend first saw several luminous beams in the sky and then told them to go outside and take a look. They were stunned by the sight before their eyes.

 

“At first, there were only five of them, hanging very low in the sky, but after a short while, the number increased to about 50, and they were higher and higher, just like a stave hanging in the sky,” Mr. Wang said.

 

The Xiamen meteorological observatory said no such astronomical phenomenon was monitored by the observatory. “But it was not a meteor shower,” a staff member said.

 

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Comments Area ( Total Comments: 2 )
torontoyao Commented on 16 Jul 2010
It is just an atmospheric phenomenon with respect to city lights reflecting off of the ice crystals in the atmosphere...I can't imagine Xiamen experiencing such low temperatures to have ice crystals in the sky, it could be due to general condensation in the humid air...

http://www.disclose.tv/action/viewphoto/4424/Strange_columns_of_light_in_Latvia_sky/
Bene Commented on 15 Jul 2010
There's anecdotal evidence that there are lights in the sky as a precursor to some earthquakes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earthquake_light