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Yep, Those Star-Shaped Snowflakes on Instagram Were Real

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Yesterday, while New Yorkers were fighting each other for kale at Whole Foods, something magical was happening overhead: Snowflakes were falling in perfect star shapes, as if sent by whichever god governs Instagram.

In fact, it was Instagram where we spotted the first whispers of this mythical gift, thanks to Brooklyn designer Samantha Pleet, who shared the above photo of what seemed to be some kind of wintry confetti placed perfectly in her hair.

Pleet wasn't the only one to notice, which led to some investigating: "Those are rimed crystals—snowflakes with cloud droplets frozen on them," someone who knows about these things told Gothamist.

According to the website SnowCrystals.com, which exists, rimed crystals occur when water droplets collide inside clouds and stick to snow crystals.

Alternate theory: ~*LoL mAgiC*!!!!!!!~~

Star-shaped snow! #nyc #blizzardof2015 #star #snowstorm #snowflake #starflake

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