Zodiacal Light Over Nemesvamos, Hungary

September 13, 2008


Provided by: Tamas Ladanyi
Summary Author and Editor: Jim Foster, Tamas Ladanyi

The photo above shows a portion of the zodiacal light as viewed above Nemesvamos, Hungary on the evening of March 30, 2008. This faint, triangular glow can be observed with dark skies along the ecliptic just before morning twilight in the eastern sky or just after evening twilight in the western sky. Here it extends toward the Pleiades and Hyades star clusters. The Pleiades is the patch of star light at upper right center. Zodiacal Light is thought to be caused by sunlight reflecting off of interplanetary dust and meteoric particles. Note the meteor at the lower right hand corner. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Photo details: Canon EOS 400D camera, 18 mm objectivity at f3.5, 45 second exposure, 1600 ISO.