False Dawn

“It’s the most spiritually empowering thing that I know, to look up at the night sky and see Orion rising as the autumn closes in…” Dr. Brian May

Most people when they think of rock bands, science doesn’t come to mind. We’re one of some exceptions. Here’s how our mind goes: rock, Queen (band), Brian May, Zodiacal light. Sort of odd, until you see why. Here goes (drumroll please)!

What is Zodiacal light anyways?

Zodiacal light is a faint, more or less triangular white glow seen in the early morning or late evening sky along the ecliptic, the imaginary line that the sun seems to travel across. It is best seen in the spring shortly after dusk, and just before dawn in the autumn, when the zodiac is at a steep angle. It is caused by scattered light by space dust in the zodiacal cloud. It’s so faint that moonlight and/or light pollution leaves it invisible!!

How amazing that someone so successful in the music industry could have so many scientific qualifications! Good on you, Dr. May! You proved that you can follow many things that are totally unrelated if you give it your all.

Dr. May can correct anything on this tribute at will….

It’s an amazing world of science out there. Let’s go exploring!

We posted this previously but felt it would be a great review because of the EarthSky(dot)org article “Watch for zodiacal light, or false dawn” by Bruce McClure. We continue to learn!!

[1]Zodiacal light is a faint, roughly triangular, diffuse white glow[…]
www.wikipedia .com
[2]In 2007, Brian May, lead guitarist with the band Queen, completed his PhD thesis[…]

Photo By Eddie Mallin [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons



17 Comments Add yours

  1. Anonymous says:

    Love it! He is an interesting dude. Love Queen, and where we live we are afforded a night sky view daily, when not cloudy of course. Great being out, away from the city glow.

  2. Oh what a fun post! Sharing all over the place. This sent me happily Googling. Who would’a thought…
    I hope I can see the triangle, but I’m surrounded by big trees and bigger buildings, so it’s doubtful.


  3. Faraday's Candle says:

    Ha, ha! Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting.

  4. Faraday's Candle says:

    Yes! We listened to Queen recently. Thanks for commenting!

  5. Badfish says:

    Hey cool…I don’t have to rewrite my info each time. Is this one of those things you work hard at to control? Never heard of zodiacal light before, glad you reposted.

  6. Fascinating! A rock musician and scientist with Zodiacal light 🙂 – I remember this post, it deserves to be re-posted!

  7. Faraday's Candle says:

    It was so funny to see something on it on Earth Sky. Glad you enjoyed it and remembered it!

  8. Faraday's Candle says:

    There are so many wonderful things happening to this planet everyday. Glad you enjoyed it.
    Yes it was. I’m glad it is working because it could be annoying to some.

  9. Anonymous says:

    hi, i remember you from blogging 101….. and i remember liking your blog then. now i like it even more! zodiacal light – fascinating. even more fascinating is the weird and wonderful career of dr may! from lead guitarist with freddie mercury to astrophycist.. totally incredible! thanks for following my blog, btw 🙂

  10. Faraday's Candle says:

    Thank you so very much, and glad you enjoyed the False Dawn article.It has been a lot of exciting work!
    Do you mind my asking you which one is your blog? You signed in as Anonymous.
    Enjoy the upcoming weekend.

  11. Faraday's Candle says:

    Charles Rogers introduced us to you and we really enjoyed your blog so we followed it. If you could please subscribe to our blog we would do the same. Thank you for the email…..we have about 6.5k followers on Pinterest..what is your URL there?
    Thank you for contacting us!

  12. Hargun Wahi says:

    The zodiacal light…that sounds pretty interesting!
    I would love to explore More about it. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  13. Faraday's Candle says:

    Thanks for stopping by.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I love that I learn something new here all the time!

  15. Faraday's Candle says:

    Thank you so much. What did you learn this time?

  16. reocochran says:

    I like Queen but never realized how smart Brian May was, especially writing PhD thesis on triangular light in the sky like a zodiacal triangle. Do I get this? Not quite but my Dad, NASA engineer and rocket scientist would. (Robert E. Oldrieve.)

  17. Faraday's Candle says:

    Your dad works for NASA? How absolutely exciting. The older sister wants to be an astrophysicist and work for NASA. Googled him. WOW!! Did you read the latest post! The short film is amazing!

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