Crepuscular Rays Observed from Sardinia, Italy

March 05, 2024

Raggi crepuscolari

Photographer: Lorenzo Busilacchi 
Summary Author: Lorenzo Busilacchi 

I observed these understated crepuscular rays from Sardinia, Italy on December 25, 2023. "Crepuscular" means pertaining to twilight. They appear to come from a specific point near or on the horizon and then spread across the sky, most classically the position of the Sun. This visual effect is created when sunlight is alternately scattered by dust or other aerosols and obscured by clouds or portions of a cloud (a thunderstorm turret, for example) along the horizon. The airborne dust acts to project the scattered sunlight.

Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy Coordinates: 39.1458, 9.5170

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