Anticrepuscular Rays, Belt of Venus and Moonrise

September 30, 2005


Provided and copyright by: Laurent Laveder, Optics of the Atmosphere Gallery
Summary authors & editors: Jim Foster; Laurent Laveder

This sumptuous evening sky includes anticrepuscular rays, a moonrise and the Belt Of Venus (pinkish sunlit portion of the Earth's shadow). The photo was taken on July 20, 2005 from Quimper, Bretagne, France. Note that as was the case for yesterday's Earth Science Picture fo the Day, the nearly full Moon is rising just to the right of the convergence point of the anticrepuscular rays. The Moon here is about 12 hours short of being full.

Photo details: Camedia 5060 digital camera, 27 mm focal lens, 1/10 s, 100 ASA.

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