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Zodiacal Band in the Pre-dawn Sky

By: Tunc Tezel

 

Region: Middle East

Site: Mount Uludag - Turkey

Date: 2011 July 28

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In this pre-dawn moment on Mount Uludag of Turkey, the summer stars approach the western horizon (right), the faint autumn constellations are over the south in the middle and the winter stars are appearing from the east (left). The rising crescent moon and planet Mars are notable at the lower left. They are embraced by the zodiacal light; the reflection of sunlight from dust in the Solar System plane. Continue this fading light along the ecliptic, as it passed through the bright Jupiter and continues faintly across the sky in the form of "zodiacal band". Click on the star-pattern icon above the image to see this view in the morning twilight. Tunc Tezel

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