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What I've been doing is copied each stroke, selecting the end anchor point and moving it using the arrow keys:

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Is there an easier way to do the following "semi-circle ray effect" in Illustrator?

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A quick and easy way... use a Transform effect (Effect → Distort & Transform → Transform...) on a single line, setting an appropriate number of copies and rotation angle*. Set the transform origin to the edge which you want to be the center of the "ray"...

*Quick tip: you can do basic math in the angle input; so if you want 10 rays over 180 degrees, you input 180/10, and it will set the correct angle for you.

If you want varying line lengths you can create a single line for each different length with a Transform effect on each, adjusting the rotation angle and number of copies as needed...

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Just a few simple rotate and duplicate steps. Working from the center point and rotating around it, starting with a line segment on either the left or right.

  1. The longest line would be drawn as a horizontal then rotated and duplicated at 45° four times. For precision, make the two dots on the first line, then delete the extra for the two diagonals.
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  2. The medium length line would be drawn horizontally then rotated 22.5° to get it in the first position. Then rotate and dupe 45° three more times for the remainders.
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  3. The shortest line would again be drawn horizontally, then rotated 11.25° to it's first position. Rotate and dupe at 22.5° seven more times for the rest.
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Done.

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