Zodiacal Light Feature Summary

Type:
Physics in Your World
Title:
Zodiacal Light
Description:
The faint glow in the sky is the zodiacal light, caused by scattering of sunlight from dust particles orbiting the sun. To find out how extraordinarily far apart these dust particles are, see Zodiacal light and the Gegenshein.
Image:
image credit: <a href="http://www.pbase.com/dominiccantin" target="_blank">Dominic Cantin</a>; <a href="http://www.atoptics.co.uk/highsky/zod1.htm" target="_blank">image source</a>; <a href="http://www.physicstogo.com/images/features/zodiacal-large12-12-07jpg.jpg" target="_blank">larger image</a>
image credit: Dominic Cantin; image source; larger image
Image URL:
http://www.compadre.org/Informal/images/features/zodiacal-large12-12-07jpg.jpg
Featured:
December 16, 2007 - January 1, 2008