zodiacal light


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zodiacal light

n.
A faint hazy cone of light, often visible within the zodiacal band in the west just after sunset or in the east just before sunrise, apparently caused by the reflection of sunlight from meteoric particles in the plane of the ecliptic.

zodiacal light

n
(Physical Geography) a very faint cone of light in the sky, visible in the east just before sunrise and in the west just after sunset. It is probably due to the reflection of sunlight from cosmic dust in the plane of the ecliptic

zodi′acal light′


n.
a luminous tract in the sky, seen in the west after sunset or in the east before sunrise.
[1725–35]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.zodiacal light - a luminous tract in the skyzodiacal light - a luminous tract in the sky; a reflection of sunlight from cosmic dust in the plane of the ecliptic; visible just before sunrise and just after sunset
reflexion, reflection - the phenomenon of a propagating wave (light or sound) being thrown back from a surface
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Westward I saw the zodiacal light mingling with the yellow brilliance of the evening star.
SEPTEMBER 2014/NASA: View the red star Antares near the red planet Mars, plus the Zodiacal Light that points towards Jupiter in the morning sky.
Dust along the plane of the solar system scatters sunlight, creating a diffuse glow of its own known as zodiacal light.
In addition, the zodiacal light was seen from the Mountain Visitor Centre within the park on four occasions in spring and autumn 2011 and spring 2012.
Indeed, Earth is inside a very bright solar system: sunlight scattered by all the dust in the plane of Earth's orbit creates the zodiacal light radiating across the optical spectrum down to long-wavelength infrared.
Apart from stellar work, it also did surface photometry of the Milky Way and of the Zodiacal Light in blue and red.
Zodiacal light prominent along ecliptic in the west after the end of twilight.
One time I saw the rare zodiacal light, product of cosmic dust that catches the sheen of the sun, named thus because it mounts its faint oval aura on the ecliptic, among the constellations of the zodiac.
HE ROCKS forward on his seat with enthusiasm, just as he does when discussing zodiacal light or even the thought of taking up science fiction writing.
A few examples of the diverse topics covered in the volumes include acorn worm, air masses and fronts, animal cancer tests, big bang theory, biophysics, buckwheat, cardiac cycle, dentrification, dragonflies, geotropism, ice age refuges, irrational number, legumes, nuclear winter, oscillations, photocopying, quantum electrodynamics, restoration ecology, set theory, squirrel fish, tartaric acid, tumbleweed, ultraviolet astronomy, weather forecasting, xylotomy, and zodiacal light.
He constructed a series of vacuum chambers and studied the Zodiacal light from the deserts of Egypt and Saudi Arabia.