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These striking “CREPUSCULAR RAYS” light up the evening sky, and appear as brilliant golden sunbeams which appear to be dancing across the setting sun. This beautiful photo was captured in northeastern Kentucky, USA.

“CREPUSCULAR RAYS” are rays converging on the Sun, opposite of anticrepuscular rays that converge on the anti-solar point. “CREPUSCULAR RAYS,” in atmospheric optics are rays of sunlight that appear to radiate from a single point in the sky, whereas anticrepuscular rays are seen opposite the sun in the sky. “CREPUSCULAR” comes from the Latin word “crepusculum,” which literally means “twilight.”

“CREPUSCULAR RAYS” are most frequently visible near sunrise or sunset, and they are usually much brighter than anticrepuscular rays because they are seen on the same side of the sky as the sun. These rays, which stream through gaps in clouds or between other objects, are columns of sunlit air separated by darker cloud-shadowed regions.

“CREPUSCULAR RAYS” can appear when the clouds (or terrain) that are responsible for the rays are below the horizon. The name comes from their frequent occurrences “DURING CREPUSCULAR HOURS” (those around dawn and dusk), when the contrasts between light and dark are the most obvious.

“CREPUSCULAR RAYS” are solar rays cast on the purple red, while the sun is below the observer’s horizon, and sometimes span the entire twilight sky towards the Earth’s shadow band (the twilight wedge). If the purple red is obvious, look for these uncommon rays fanning out of the horizon.
Photo taken with my Canon EOS 40D camera;
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens.
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Van’s XTreme Photography
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“The Cloud Lady”
Van Coleman
Photographer resides in the beautiful foothills of northeastern Kentucky.
Winner of multiple awards, including a prestigious International award for her work, “Mammatus.”
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  • brimellor1
    brimellor1about 5 years ago

    Stunning sunset those rays of light!!!!

  • Thanks so much Brian for your wonderful comments!!xx

    – Van Coleman

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekabout 5 years ago

    Fabulous sunset capture Van!!!

  • Thank you my friends for your wonderful comments!! Timing was everything in capturing this beauty!!xx

    – Van Coleman

    JUSTARTabout 5 years ago

    beautiful shot

  • Thank you my dear friend for your fantastic comments on this image!!!xx

    – Van Coleman

  • Lyndy
    Lyndyabout 5 years ago

    Awesome capture! L:)X

  • Thanks ever so much dear Lyndy!!!xx

    – Van Coleman

  • Neophytos
    Neophytosabout 5 years ago

    All the way to the Horizon nice !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Wow!! Thank you dear Neophytos for your outstanding words and comments!!!xx

    – Van Coleman

  • Dave Pearson
    Dave Pearsonabout 5 years ago

    Nicely caught.

    You might want to note that they’re crepuscular rays (converging on the Sun) rather than anticrepuscular rays (converging on the antisolar point).

  • LOL!!!
    Thank you Dave for your very lovely comments and advice:)))xx

    – Van Coleman

  • Brandie1
    Brandie1about 5 years ago

    Lovely image Van.xx

  • Van Coleman
    Van Colemanabout 5 years ago

    Thank you dear Brandie for your comments and support!!!xx

  • Gail Bridger
    Gail Bridgerabout 5 years ago

    Spectacular CREPUSCULAR RAYS!!! :^)x

  • Wow!! Thank you dear Gail for your amazing and wonderful comments!!!xx

    – Van Coleman

  • Ellen  Price - Greenwald
    Ellen Price -...about 5 years ago

    Beautiful..Excellent capture,Van :-)
    Congratulations on your Featured Art!”
    9th Oct. 2009

  • WOW!! THANK YOU so very much my dear Ellen, and all of the wonderful Hosts and Moderators for selecting my work!! I am quite honored and thrilled you have chosen my image “CREPUSCULAR RAYS” to be FEATURED!!xx

    – Van Coleman

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