Milky Way vs. Zodiacal Light

By: Laurent Laveder


Region: Europe

Site: Gers - France

Date: March 2009

The sky above this lonely tree in southern France displays the northern hemisphere winter Milky Way, arching across horizons. The cone-shape glow on the center is the Zodiacal Light (sunlight reflection from dust in the solar system plane), strongly visible above the western horizon. It almost reaches the arch of the Milky Way. The yellow light on the horizon is made by light pollution from nearby towns. Laurent Laveder/

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