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Crepuscular Rays Over Utah

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#79255 by @ 01.09.2005 00:00 - nach oben -
Crepuscular Rays Over Utah

What could cause such rays of dark?

Dark sky rays were caught in spectacular fashion earlier this month above

The cause is something surprisingly familiar:

Clouds near the horizon can block sunlight from
reflecting off air, making columns outward from the
Sun appear
unusually dark.

Cloud shadows can be thought
of as the complement of the more commonly highlighted
crepuscular rays, also visible above, where sunlight pours
though cloud holes.

Sometimes, on the opposite side of the sky,
anticrepuscular rays
can also be seen.

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#79257 by @ 01.09.2005 09:58 - nach oben -
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