zodiacal light

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n zodiacal 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Zodiacal light a luminous tract of the sky, of an elongated, triangular figure, lying near the ecliptic, its base being on the horizon, and its apex at varying altitudes. It is to be seen only in the evening, after twilight, and in the morning before dawn. It is supposed to be due to sunlight reflected from multitudes of meteoroids revolving about the sun nearly in the plane of the ecliptic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Zodiacal light a singular appearance seen after sunset or before sunrise, at all seasons of the year in low latitudes, but rarely in Great Britain, except in March, April, and May in the evenings, and six months later in the mornings
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. zodiaque—L. zodiacus—Gr. zōdiakos, belonging to animals—zōdion, dim. of zōon, an animal, zaein, to live.

Usage

In literature:

Westward I saw the zodiacal light mingling with the yellow brilliance of the evening star.
"The Island of Doctor Moreau" by H. G. Wells
Set within this zodiac and spaced at mathematically regular intervals were nine ovoids of intensely living light.
"The Metal Monster" by A. Merritt
We shall return to this subject in connection with the Zodiacal Light, the Aurora, and Comets.
"Curiosities of the Sky" by Garrett Serviss
The nights have hitherto been clear, and the zodiacal light is always brilliant.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 1" by James Richardson
For the zodiacal light, which is caused by this radial stream, is at times much more vivid than at others.
"Outlines of a Mechanical Theory of Storms" by T. Bassnett
Around the sun, long banners in space, the Zodiacal light gleamed dimly.
"The Black Star Passes" by John W Campbell
The zodiacal light is well worth observing at this season of the year.
"A Field Book of the Stars" by William Tyler Olcott
Now, for the first time, I saw what is called the zodiacal light.
"My First Voyage to Southern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
Yet further in the remove we find the zodiacal light.
"New and Original Theories of the Great Physical Forces" by Henry Raymond Rogers
A view of the zodiacal light is shown in Fig.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
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In news:

Astronomer Bob King on spotting northern lights, Zodiacal light, comets, and more this fall.
How to see the zodiacal light.
Moonless February and March evenings present the best time of year to see zodiacal light in the northern hemisphere evening sky.
The beautiful zodiacal light visible in Earth's sky could have inspired the most iconic structures of ancient Egypt.
Stephen James O'Meara's secret sky: The zodiacal light and Comet McNaught.
How to see the zodiacal light .
Aldebaran is a red giant star located about 65 light years away in the zodiac constellation of Taurus.
Jim "Figgy" Noonan creates lighted wall artwork based on the zodiac signs.
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In science:

All HCONs represent the sky surface brightness at the 4 wavelengths from which an estimate of the zodiacal light was subtracted.
IRIS: A new generation of IRAS maps
Moreover the DIRBE data were corrected with a better zodiacal light model (Kelsall et al. 1998) than the one used for the ISSA.
IRIS: A new generation of IRAS maps
Second, some of the IR previously credited to the intergalactic background is probably zodiacal light improperly subtracted (Stecher et al. 2006).
Astrophysics in 2006
The commentary by Ellis (2005) allows “conceivably,” given the problems of subtracting zodiacal light and Galactic cirrus.
Astrophysics in 2006
The procedure consists in measuring the total background in three different bands and subtracting the zodiacal light and the galactic foregrounds .
Analytic calculations of the spectra of ultra high energy cosmic ray nuclei. II. The general case of background radiation
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