Looking Up column: Catching the elusive zodiacal light


Dust! We can’t live with it or without it. We wipe it off, vacuum it up and try not to breathe it. Yet it carries our rain, allows for colorful sunsets and sunrises and puts smoke in our chimneys. Dust also is all over the universe and gives us the wonder of zodiacal light in our late winter evening sky.Orbiting with the planets of the solar system is a vast band of minute dust particles; the planets are said to have arisen from dust coming together. An untold number of comets, made […]  » Read More

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