See the night sky glow with ghostly zodiac light this month

For a few weeks beginning Thursday, March 9, skywatchers have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of a ghostly pyramid of celestial light that illuminates the night sky above Earth.

This phenomenon, known as zodiacal light, is the result of sunlight reflecting off dust particles between the sun And Earth. Catching the zodiac light will take some planning. It is so faint that it can only be seen in dark skies clear of both man-made and natural light pollution. If you want to find a dark sky site near you, there are plenty. dark sky maps available online. Additionally, it is only visible for about 90 minutes starting about 90 minutes after sunset, just after evening twilight in the west has disappeared.

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