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Zodiakallyset kan opleves over den vestlige horisont lige efter solnedgang om foråret og over den østlige horisont lige før solopgang om efteråret fra et sted fri for lysforurening. Lyset skyldes støv, som kredser omkring og bliver belyst af Solen. Støvet kommer fra kometer. Fot.: ESO/Y. Beletsky.

This image beautifully captures the zodiacal light, a triangular glow seen best in night skies free of overpowering moonlight and light pollution. The photograph was taken at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile in September 2009, facing west some minutes after the Sun had set. A sea of clouds has settled in the valley below La Silla, which sits at an altitude of 2400 metres, with lesser peaks and ridges poking through the mist. The zodiacal light is sunlight reflected by dust particles between the Sun and Earth, and is best seen close to sunrise or sunset. As its name implies, this celestial glow appears in the ring of constellations known as the zodiac. These are found along the ecliptic, which is the eastward apparent “path” that the Sun traces across Earth’s sky.

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