Crepuscular rays and their opposite — the more elusive anticrepuscular rays — were both seen across parts of Central Texas Thursday evening.
Anticrepuscular rays, or antisolar rays, are atmospheric optical phenomena appearing opposite of the Sun in the sky.
Like crepuscular rays, they are parallel shafts of sunlight from holes in the clouds — but appear to converge toward the antisolar point due to linear perspective.
During Thursday’s sunset in the Hill Country, rays of light appeared to originate from the east.
Gorgeous #anticrepuscularrays this evening at #sunset! #houwx #txwx #crepuscularrays @NWSHouston @TxStormChasers @danocodes @DReillyWx @BillyForney3 @Southernpilot @JJaggers_WREG3 @spann pic.twitter.com/bq75rX2kv9
— Regina Crawford (@MatushkaAnna) August 31, 2018
Next time you see crepuscular rays, turn around.
If you look opposite the direction of the sun, you might catch a glimpse of the elusive anticrepuscular rays.