Zodiacal light



a luminous tract in the sky, seen in the west after sunset or in the east before sunrise and thought to be the light reflected from a cloud of meteoric matter revolving round the sun.
Historical Examples

Night still gripped Crater Arzachel with its intolerable cold, but a zodiacal light in the sky whispered of a lunar dawn to come.
First on the Moon Jeff Sutton

It was the zodiacal light, an aurora borealis on a scale inconceivable!
The Black Star Passes John W Campbell

“You might as well try to measure the zodiacal light,” it was remarked to Sir George Airy.
A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke

This may account for the glow of the nebulae, and the zodiacal light.
The Universe a Vast Electric Organism George Woodward Warder

From this account of what the zodiacal light appears to be, we proceed to consider what it is.
Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal, No. 449 Various

It was then that she produced those curious phenomena of the zodiacal light which other legends attributed to Horus himself.
History Of Egypt, Chalda, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 1 (of 12) G. Maspero

These are known respectively as the zodiacal light and the Gegenschein.
Astronomy of To-day Cecil G. Dolmage

About fifty minutes after sunset, observed a strong ray of light in the west-by-south quarter, supposed to be a zodiacal light.
Antigua and the Antiguans, Volume II (of 2) Anonymous

During my residence in the Punjab the zodiacal light seemed to me constantly visible in the evening sky in the spring months.
Astronomical Curiosities J. Ellard Gore

Connected with the sun’s corona is that strange phenomenon, the zodiacal light.
Man’s Place in the Universe Alfred R. Wallace

noun
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
noun

See false dawn
zodiacal light
(zō-dī’ə-kəl)
A faint hazy cone of light, often visible in the west just after sunset or in the east just before sunrise, and elongated in the direction of the ecliptic on each side of the Sun. It is apparently caused by the reflection of sunlight from meteoric particles in the plane of the ecliptic.

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