the corona radiata

FIGURE 1-51

      Since the fibers (axons) of the internal capsule pass between the caudate and the lentiform nucleus, they are drawn out into a fan-shaped array as the caudate heads for the temporal lobe. The fact that these fibers, in lateral view, resemble the rays of the sun radiating from behind the moon (lentiform nucleus) at the time of an eclipse accounts for the name corona radiata.