20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Red Crepuscular Rays from an Eclipse

What's happening behind that island? Pictured rays of light—called crepuscular rays—originate from the Sun at the time it was being partially eclipsed by the Moon—on April 30 2022. The Sun's rays are quite bright as they shine through gaps in below-horizon clouds. The crepuscular rays are quite red, likely the result an abundance of aerosols in Earth's atmosphere scattering away much of the blue light. It was expected, with hope, a memorable scene featuring both the Moon and the Sun, superposed. Unfortunately, from this location—in Uruguay looking toward Argentina—clouds obscured the eclipse—which wasn't completely unexpected.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 04.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Copyright: © Fefo Bouvier