Hong Kong Crepuscular Rays

January 18, 2005

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Provided and copyright by: Andrew Yee, ZINC Projects
Summary authors & editors: Andrew Yee

Crepuscular rays appeared in the late afternoon sky in Hong Kong on 8 December 2004, as seen here from the Kowloon Peninsula looking southwest toward Hong Kong Island. The Sun had lowered behind the office towers but had not yet set below a ridge of hills. Tall office towers effectively blocked the sunlight, resulting in faint crepuscular rays -- in the light haze at the center and on the right side of the photo. To the left of the tall building (International Financial Centre 2), the long dark ray (shadow) arose from the obstruction of Victoria Peak, which is out of view behind this building.

At 552 meters (1,811 ft), Victoria Peak is the highest point on the Hong Kong Island. The International Financial Centre 2 is 415 meters (1,361 ft) high (88-stories) and is the tallest building in Hong Kong and the 6th tallest in the world. In the foreground are three Star Ferries crossing the Victoria Harbour.

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