from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. opposite to the sun (from the Earth)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Opposite to the sun; -- said of the point in the heavens 180° distant from the sun.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Situated at the point in the heavens opposite the sun, as the center of the rainbow, or the ‘gegenschein.’


anti- +‎ solar (Wiktionary)


  • I didn't witness the circle of darkness, growing from the antisolar point like the mouth of a coal-black cosmic worm, gaping to swallow the world.

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  • Or anywhere you're standing, the antisolar point is wherever you see the shadow of your own head.

    Alexander’s Dark Band

  • The framed picture is from your view, where the dot in the head of your shadow is the line going from C, the antisolar point, straight into your eye?

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  • Yes, the center of the rainbow's circle is the antisolar point.

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  • The antisolar point the point 180 degrees opposite the sun is outside the frame of the picture, just to the right of the flock of crows.

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  • Is the 42 degree then from the line between the solar and antisolar point, that would go from behind the viewer straight into the picture, so to speak, making the 42 degree go 'upward'?

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  • Is the center of the circle of the rainbow the antisolar point?

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  • If you were in an airplane, the antisolar point would be the shadow of the airplane below you.

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  • David, yes, that drawing looks right except that the line from the sun to the back of the viewer's head should be aligned with the line from the viewer to the antisolar point.

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  • A weaker but noticeable lightening also occurs at the “antisolar point,” 180 degrees opposite the sun.

    Archive 2008-04-01


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