Crepuscular Ray and Venus

December 15, 2021


Photographer: Filippo Galati

Summary Authors: Filippo Galati; Cadan Cummings

This beautiful photograph shows a crepuscular ray projected towards Venus at sunset. Crepuscular rays are beams of sunlight that appear to radiate from a single point in the sky. The eye-catching phenomenon appears soon after time of sunset and is caused by a cloud or landscape feature on the horizon that partially blocks the sun’s light. Although crepuscular rays appear as diverging beams of light interspersed with areas of shadow, they are actually parallel to one another. This optical divergence is due to perspective.

Photo details: Sony ILCE-7M3 + Tamron 28-75 @35mm HDR 5 shots f/9 ISO 100

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