SINGAPORE – If you've managed to catch the sunset on Thursday (11 March), you’d probably seen a remarkable sight of sun rays diverging from one point across the sky.
Facebook user Dewanmini Yshakha shared a series of photos showing these stunning distinct split on CloudSpotting & SkySpotting Singapore Facebook page.
“They call them Crepuscular rays. I call it the Flashlight from Heaven,” she captioned.
Crepuscular rays are beams of sunlight that pass through gaps in the clouds and are made more visible by dust, smoke, and other particles in the air. They can also be formed when sun rays stream through a massive obstruction such as a mountain.
Derived from the Latin word “crepusculum”, meaning twilight, crepuscular ray is aptly named as these sunbeams originate when the sun is below the horizon, during twilight hours. Contrary to what is observed, these sun rays are parallel beams of light and not diverging or converging as they appeared to be.
This natural phenomenon was also observed on Tuesday (9 March) by others, including @sophieswag and Facebook user KW Seah.