Tuesday, 31 August 2010

The pillar of fire explained

Although I've never understood what the explanation for the biblical pillar of fire and column of smoke might be (Exodus 13:22 He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.) I've also never been sufficiently curious to wonder what it really was.  Nevertheless I'm really glad that now we have a simple solution.   It's a fire tornado, and they're apparently not that uncommon.  Hat tip: Phil Plait at the Bad Astronomy blog on Discover Blogs.

1 comment:

Tenon_Saw said...

Amazing - thanks for posting.