“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!!
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