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   xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Jan 24 11:41 PM

Jan 25, 2010: Zodiacal Light

Zodiacal Light, sounds like the quickie horoscopes from fortune cookies, or the newspaper's comics page.
Actually, Zodiacal Light is a fancy name for the Sun's tail.



Quote:
The zodiacal light is sunlight reflected by dust particles between the Sun and Earth, and is best seen close to sunrise or sunset. As its name implies, this celestial glow appears in the ring of constellations known as the zodiac. These are found along the ecliptic, which is the eastward apparent “path” that the Sun traces across Earth’s sky.
See, dirt is good, you clean freaks. :p

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monster  Monday Jan 25 12:00 AM

Looks like an egg frying in the sea.



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Jan 25 12:04 AM

Yes, except the sea is clouds... at about 8,000 ft.



monster  Monday Jan 25 12:13 AM

right. hence the "looks like...."

..it looks like an egg frying in the sea, but actually it's not an egg or the sea. funny business, this



SPUCK  Monday Jan 25 04:07 AM

Zodiacal Light? Yeah right. That's just my neighbor's house lit up like the state pen.



Trilby  Monday Jan 25 09:23 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by monster View Post
Looks like an egg frying in the sea.
Similie win!


Pie  Monday Jan 25 09:32 AM

FWIW, the zodiacal light is the haze in the sky, not the lights on the ground.



lupin..the..3rd  Monday Jan 25 10:00 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pie View Post
FWIW, the zodiacal light is the haze in the sky, not the lights on the ground.
I thought the ground was the clouds at 8000 feet? Therefore, the egg in the sea is sky.


glatt  Monday Jan 25 10:07 AM

"The La Silla Observatory is located at the outskirts of the Chilean Atacama Desert, one of the driest and loneliest areas of the world. Like other observatories in this geographical area, La Silla is located far from sources of light pollution and, like the Paranal Observatory, home to the Very Large Telescope, it has one of the darkest night skies on the Earth."



glatt  Monday Jan 25 10:17 AM

Actually, the egg could be in the sea. La Silla is about 40 miles from the Pacific ocean. Using Google Earth, you can see that the ocean is visible from there.



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Jan 25 12:10 PM

Quote:
The photograph was taken at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile in September 2009, facing west some minutes after the Sun had set. A sea of clouds has settled in the valley below La Silla, which sits at an altitude of 2400 metres, with lesser peaks and ridges poking through the mist.
The yellow fried egg is the sun shining through the clouds from below.


Pie  Monday Jan 25 12:16 PM

The sun's in the plane of the ecliptic, so it would be co-linear with the zodiacal light. The bright semi-foreground object is not in that plane.



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Jan 25 12:25 PM

So it must be an egg.



glatt  Monday Jan 25 12:30 PM

I think it's the lights from the coastal village of Los Choros (29 17' 26"S, 71 18' 34"W) lighting up some fog.



jinx  Monday Jan 25 12:43 PM

Fire! Fire! [/beavis]



Pie  Monday Jan 25 01:26 PM

Another example....



Pie  Monday Jan 25 01:27 PM

...and the Photoshop. :p



classicman  Monday Jan 25 01:54 PM

nice one pie



Gravdigr  Monday Jan 25 03:37 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by glatt View Post
I think it's the lights from the coastal village of Los Choros (29 17' 26"S, 71 18' 34"W) lighting up some fog.
Dingdingding. We have a winnah! (works for me, anyway)


Elspode  Tuesday Jan 26 01:01 AM

I like the German name for this phenomenon, which I believe is "Gegenschein".



ZenGum  Tuesday Jan 26 05:46 AM

[applauds pie]



sullage  Tuesday Jan 26 07:03 AM

i love this image



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Jan 26 09:54 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by glatt View Post
I think it's the lights from the coastal village of Los Choros (29 17' 26"S, 71 18' 34"W) lighting up some fog.
I think you're right... or it could be the light from Pie's kitchen light fixture in the sky.


Queen of the Ryche  Tuesday Jan 26 02:14 PM

It's a shark.



Pie  Tuesday Jan 26 02:23 PM

(for clarity, the ps wasn't mine, just something I found whilst googling.)



Spexxvet  Tuesday Jan 26 02:27 PM

Nice Googling, Pie!



Sheldonrs  Tuesday Jan 26 05:32 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Spexxvet View Post
Nice Googling Pie!
Is that a euphemism?


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