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Subject: Why aren't the rays we see from the sun parallel?

Date: Wed Apr 14 17:21:33 1999
Posted by tim
Grade level: 7-9 School: John Glenn Middle School
City: Bedford State/Province: MA Country: USA
Area of science: Earth Sciences
ID: 924128493.Es

On some days, when there is partial cloud cover, I can see what 
look like rays from the sun coming though holes in the clouds and 
lighting up the dust.  Since the rays from the sun are coming at 
us parallel, why do the rays I see through the clouds look like 
they are in a fan shape, fanninf from one point?

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