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.
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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
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zodi′acal light′


n.
a luminous tract in the sky, seen in the west after sunset or in the east before sunrise.
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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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