Crepuscular Rays Observed from Lemnos Island, Greece

October 07, 2009

Crepraysandsunset in Moudros

PhotographerKotsaftis Apostolos
Summary Author: Kotsaftis Xristos; Jim Foster

The photo above showing a pair of magnificent crepuscular rays piercing a rosy sky was photographed near the city of Moudros, on Lemnos Island, Greece. Crepuscular rays most often result from clouds close to, or below, the horizon nearest the Sun. If positioned directly in front of the Sun these clouds block out sunlight from our perspective on the ground resulting in long shadowy lanes that, on occasion, may stretch all away across the sky. Mountain peaks may similarly thwart the Sun’s rays. It’s not clear in this case whether the shadows are induced by mountain or cloud. Photo taken on August 16, 2009 at 7:32 p.m. local time.
Photo details:  Canon Powershot G9 camera; ISO 80;  f/2.8;  0.4"
Location : 39°51'32.93"N,  25°15'43.18"E