Milky Way and Zodiacal Light

November 02, 2013

Milky Way and Zodical Light

Photographer: Constantine Emmanouilidi
Summary Authors: Constantine Emmanouilidi; Jim Foster 

The composite image above shows the confluence of the Milky Way with the Zodiacal Light. It was captured in the clear skies near the top of Mt. Voras, Greece (8,281 ft or 2,524 m) shortly before dawn on September 10, 2013.  The transparency at this location is ideal for stargazing and photography. These two streams of light resemble a gigantic X in the eastern sky. The zodiacal light, like the Milky Way, can be observed with the unaided eye from dark locations. During autumn look just above the eastern horizon about 90 minutes before dawn for a faint, wedge-shaped band of light.

Photo Details: Canon 350D camera; 8 mm fisheye lens; f/3.5; composition of 10 images each exposed 30 seconds.