Grand columns of sunlight, known as crepuscular rays, stream through puffy clouds at the Waterberg National Park in central Namibia.
You may have heard of this beautiful phenomenon under a variety of different names: God rays, angel stairs, ropes of Maui, Jacob's ladder, fingers of God — just to name a few. While many of the names possess obvious spiritual inspiration, "crepuscular" (which is derived from the Latin word for "twilight") refers to the tendency for the rays to appear during dawn and dusk.
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