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Chasing The Sun

Crepuscular rays, also known as God Rays, Buddha's Rays, Jesus Beams, Cloud breaks, Stairways to Heaven, Sun drawing water, Backstays of the sun, or simply Sunburst, are rays of sunlight that appear to radiate from a single point in the sky, stream through gaps in clouds or between other objects, are columns of sunlit air separated by darker cloud-shadowed regions. The name, Crepuscular rays, comes from their frequent occurrences during crepuscular hours (those around dawn and dusk), when the contrasts between light and dark are the most obvious. Various airborne compounds scatter the sunlight and make these rays visible, due to diffraction, reflection, and scattering.

 

Occasionally, it can also be viewed underwater, particularly in arctic areas, appearing from ice shelves or cracks in the ice.

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Taken on August 8, 2011