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‘Unusual’, ‘Beautiful’ Sight In The North Skies

Mr Dayal, 36, was among a few others who saw crepuscular rays that coloured the north skies.
27 Mar 2020 10:39
‘Unusual’, ‘Beautiful’ Sight In The North Skies
The crepuscular rays were visible during sunset in the Northern Division. Photo: Supplied

At 6:10pm on Wednesday evening, an unusual sight in the sky attracted Sagar Dayal of Naleba, Labasa.

Mr Dayal, 36, was among a few others who saw crepuscular rays that coloured the north skies.

He described the crepuscular rays he saw as “dark bluish streaks and light beams” radiating from the sunset.

“It was truly unusual and beautiful,” Mr Dayal said.

“I quickly stopped near the Fiji Sugar Corporation Labasa mill to take a photo.”

He said he couldn’t confirm the actual location of the rays because of the mountains.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Meteorological Service shared Mr Dayal’s Facebook post. The post explained the streaks are the shadows of clouds at or below the horizon and are called crepuscular rays.

Occasionally, the beams and shadows may cross the sky, becoming visible again at the antisolar point (anticrepuscular rays).

It added the name “crepuscular rays” is also used to indicate shadowed bands cast by clouds at any time of the day.

Pale blue or whitish beams are sometimes seen diverging from the sun hidden behind clouds (usually Cumulus or Cumulonimbus).

The darker streaks are the shadows of parts of an irregular cloud.

Sunbeams penetrating through gaps in a layer of low cloud, and rendered visible by water or dust particles in the air, may also be referred to as crepuscular rays.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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