A question…

Do you see rays of sunshine, or darkness???

Took this as the sun was setting the other night. What ‘I’ think you’re seeing is the bumps in the cloud tops blocking the sunshine, which gives the impression of  ‘rays’ of sunshine (but I really think they are rays of darkness).

YMMV…

Your thoughts?


Comments

A question… — 28 Comments

  1. People think that the sun is a “Light Emitter”, but it’s not.
    It’s a “Dark Absorber.”
    Check it out: it comes up, and starts absorbing dark, bring most effective on the part of the Earth it is directly over. That’s why there are no shadows at noon.
    When it has absorbed all of the darkness it can, it drops off the other side of the sky, and darkness reigns once again.
    Same thing is true, on a much smaller scale, with light bulbs. When you buy them, they are guaranteed to absorb a certain amount of dark. When they get full of darkness, we say “that light has burned out,” but that’s not precisely true. Instead, it has absorbed all the dark it can. It is no longer a light bulb; it is now a dark bulb.
    So, what you are seeing in the picture is the sun absorbing dark, only it’s missing the dark that is hiding behind cloud prominences.

  2. Rays of Darkness to me makes more sense. Light is everywhere – it is lack of light (i.e. shadow) that is the contrast. So the contrast is caused by shadow.

  3. I see rays of truth. The truth or light always finds a way through the darkness. Just as those that are trying to black out the light of freedom in the world with this so-called pandemic the light of freedom will find a way to break through the darkness of socialist/communist dictatorship.

  4. Easy one. Rays caused by the clouds & sun are showing an NDB approach to Heaven…

    • I have an Arizona State Flag. I spent 5 years there, some underground, babysitting Titan II missiles.

  5. That’s refraction and scattering. Maybe also absorption.

    You got a nice angle, that shows something interesting.

    Just looking at the angle in the ‘horizontal’, relative to the cloud, pick coordinates so sun is at 180, and you are at 0. If pictures were taken (at the same time), of the cloud at 90, 100, 100, …, 270, the pictures would show a lot more reflected illumination from the sun.

    The cloud is a large volume of distributed scatterers. The paths through the cloud, from a transmitter (or illumination) at 180 and receiver (or a sensor) at 0, are bouncing off a bunch of scatterers and are very unlikely. So, relatively little energy is passing directly through, and the cloud is ‘dark’.

    I don’t know what causes the edges of a cloud, but we can see that they do have edges. I don’t know what the edges of a cloud are like, but it might be possible to have a surface wave at some frequency.

    So, three or four things come ot mind.

    Shadow of the cloud, and rayleigh scattering off atmosphere, and just the right angle to catch.

    Refraction over the top of the cloud, and the dark is kind of the shadow of the refraction. Think bending a laser with a prism. If you have a laser set up to scan an area, the prism scattering should mean some spots will get a lot of illumination, and some will get little.

    Other possibilities coming to mind are a processing issue with the camera sensor, or with the human brain.

  6. I think it has to do with the UFO that is centered in the upper quarter of the picture. It’s converting light energy to dark…or something. Very cool nonetheless.

  7. Hey Old NFO;

    I would say it is “Rays of darkness, because that is where our nation going”, but I am an optimist so I will say “Rays of Light”…..So there 😛

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