The Incredible Science Of A Sunbeam

Love that sunbeam from space!

Ah, there's nothing quite as majestic as looking out at the landscape and seeing beams of sunlight poking through the clouds. As it turns out, there's quite a bit more to it than just light passing through a big hole in the cloud. 

As Hank Green explains on an episode of SciShow, sunbeams — or crepuscular rays, as they're accurately known — are common phenomena that happen more often around sunrise or sunset. Not only is their appearance due to the presence of clouds, but by all of the other things floating around in the atmosphere as well.

Check out the full explanation of how crepuscular rays form and learn to appreciate those gorgeous sunbeams more than you already do, plus bonus info on why the sky is blue: