View Full Version : What is Zodiacal light?

2004-Feb-03, 05:04 AM
What is Zodiacal light? And where can I find it? :)

2004-Feb-03, 05:06 AM
Basically, it's the light reflected from dust particles along the plane of the ecliptic... and that's about all I know! I'm sure someone else will be able to shed some "light" on the subject, ha ha :)

2004-Feb-03, 05:14 AM
Thanks... I found this information on the astronomy message board (public board), but they don&#39;t explain what that is >< now I know

Late February is the best time of the year in the northern hemisphere to look for the zodiacal light. Choose a clear, moonless night, about 1 to 2 hours after sunset, and look along the ecliptic in the west for a large triangular-shaped glow extending up from the horizon.

2004-Feb-03, 10:03 PM
There is a wonderful book about the life of Kristian Birkeland (The Northern Lights by Lucy Jago) , he discovered the cause of the Northern Lights and he has done a lot of research to find out about the zodiacal light. he went to Egypt, because apparently it is better visible there.

2004-Feb-04, 12:46 AM
Thanks VanderL - wouldn&#39;t it be fantastic to see the Zodiacal Light stretching over the Pyramids? :)