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Anticrepuscular Rays Over Florida September 17, 2006

Posted by tkcollier in Cool photos, Enviroment, Science & Technology.
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APOD: 2006 September 17 – Anticrepuscular Rays Over Florida
Strangely, the actual sunset was occurring in the opposite direction from where the camera was pointing. Pictured above are anticrepuscular rays. To understand them, start by picturing common crepuscular rays that are seen any time that sunlight pours though scattered clouds. Now although sunlight indeed travels along straight lines, the projections of these lines onto the spherical sky are great circles. Therefore, the crepuscular rays from a setting (or rising) sun will appear to re-converge on the other side of the sky. At the anti-solar point 180 degrees around from the Sun, they are referred to as anticrepuscular rays

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