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Crepuscular rays are bands of sunlight which shine through breaks in a cloud formation. These rays diffuse through haze, rain, snow, or dust in the air to make visible contrasting bands of light and/or shadows in mid-air.

One of the most interesting pictures of crepuscular rays which I have seen recently was an astronomy picture of the day during a space shuttle launch at sunset with a full moon. Although this was caused by a man-made event, it is still very interesting.

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap010219.html

There is a more stereotypical picture as well as an in-depth description of crepuscular rays at

http://www.ems.psu.edu/~demark/471/CrepuscularRays.html

These are also very common elements of religous artwork.

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