word of the day today: crepuscular
1. of, pertaining to, or resembling twilight; dim; indistinct.
2. Zoology. appearing or active in the twilight, as certain batsand insects.

my boss actually taught it to me a couple weeks ago referring to animals (such as bears) that feed at dusk/dawn. even then, i jotted it down in my brain, thinking, “man, that’s a cool word!”

i was driving east around sunset and realized I was driving straight into an enormous colorless V (mind you, this is opposite the setting sun). having been enamoured with sun effects since i was young, of course i immediately spent the better part of 15 minutes scouring the internet on my new smartphone (i guess they are good for something). well, i found a new sun effect…and another use for my newly acquired word.

anti-crepuscular rays (because did you know that rays shooting from the sunrise/sunset are called crepuscular rays? well now you do.

crepuscular and anticrepuscular rays are generated in the same way. The rays in some cases may extend across the sky and appear to converge at the antisolar point, which is the point on the sky sphere directly opposite the sun, and they are called anticrepuscular rays. Like crepuscular rays, they are parallel shafts of sunlight from holes in the clouds, and their apparent convergence is a perspective effect. They are not as easily spotted as crepuscular rays.

*** a few days later, check this out!

the “enormous V” i was driving into that started this whole deal:

some more spectacular examples of anti-crepuscular rays, courtesy of the internet:


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