Rainbow and Rays

July 07, 2004

Rainbow-crepuscular copy

Provided and copyright by: Richard Morrison
Summary authors & editors: Jim Foster; Richard Morrison

This rainbow image was captured while shooting a sunset from Center Hill Lake, Tennessee. I thought it particularly interesting because of the accompanying rays, which can be seen passing through the bow. The rays are coming from the east, not from the direction of the sunset (to my right as I photographed it), and they converge at the eastern horizon. These are anticrepuscular rays, and like rainbows, appear opposite the Sun (antisolar point). Note also the faint double rainbow to the right of center in this photo.

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