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Zodiacal Light and Death Valley

Date:28.5.2016 Time:4:56 UT
Exposure:3 x 13 s Field:70o x 118o
Camera:Sony a7SII Optics:f=24 mm, 1/2.8
Place:Death Valley,
Observer:Till Credner

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Spring is a good time to watch the Zodical light in the northern hemisphere. The ecliptic is north of the sun and therefore high in the evening sky. Interplanetary dust particles are concentrated in the plane of our planetary system and scatter light of the sun. But you have to be in an area with no or only minor light pollution to see this elusive glow after dusk. The above view faces west from the edge of Death Valley and its salt lakes. The bright object is Jupiter towards the constellation of Leo.