Illuminated space dust which is concentrated in the ecliptic layer of our
solar system. Every body or planet belonging to our system leaves a little
track of material (dirt) while orbiting around the sun. . That
means, that zodiacal lights are standing in the same inclination over the
horizon like our celestrial equator, depending on your view point on earth.
equatorial areas this light pyramids
standing nearly vertical,
in Central Europe for example around 35°-50° degrees.
Oldoinyo Lengai, Tanzania, June 2004
an clearly you could observe this zodiacal light at the summit
of the volcano Oldoinyo Lengai.
(Position 2,5° South near Equator, zodiacal light is situated
Volcan Santa Maria de Santiaguito, Guatemala Dez. 2007
100 sec. Wide Angle 10mm, f4, ASA 800 Canon 20D
An intensive and seldom
brightness was offered to us at the summit of the
volcano Santa Maria. This space light reached
nearly up to the zenith still two hours after sunset. I
think this bright type of zodiacal lights are only
observable in Europe in very dark areas.
Because of the West - evening
view there is a lightly left inclination to see.
(Position 15° North to the equator. Zodiacal light inclination
from the vertical 15° deg south)
Stromboli, Sicilia March. 2006
ca.70 sec. Wide Angle 17mm, f4, ASA 800 Canon 20D
On hour after sunset this
zodiacal light could be seen very clearly . In comparision
this light was more inclined that in the equatorial areas.
Because of the West -
evening view there is a left inclination to see.
(Position 38° North to the equator. Zodiacal light inclination
from the vertical 38° deg to south)
Arenal, Costa Rica December 2007
time.90 sec. Wide Angle 10mm, f4, ASA 800 Canon 20D
On the picture above you can
discover two bright stripes in the morning sky. The right is
the milky way and the left a zodiakal light which appeared two
hours before the dawn nearly up to the zenith. Because of the
East - morning view there is a right inclination to see.
(Position 10° North to the equator. Zodiacal light inclination
from the vertical 10°deg to south)