Zodiac in paradise

13. January 2023

In the dark sky above southern Crete, a cone of light stretches across the sphere. A faint light can be seen through the constellations of the zodiac where the level of the ecliptic lies. The phenomenon visible to the naked eye is caused by sunlight reflected from tiny particles of interplanetary dust in the inner part of the Solar System. These particles, which new studies have shown may come from Mars, act like a giant mirror. And in a nice dark night sky, during a new moon, it can be seen as an arc of zodiacal light. Even better, with the sound of the waves of the Mediterranean Sea, it really does look like the picture came from paradise.

Annotated version:


Category: Tracked panorama
Equipment: Canon 6D Astro-modified, Sigma Art 28mm, Sky-Watcher Star adventurer
EXIF: 30″, f/2.2, ISO 5.000
Date: 14th of Aug 2021, 2:30 AM Local time

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