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Zodiacal Light Vs. Milky Way

Ghostly Zodiacal light, featured near the center of this remarkable panorama,
is produced as sunlight is scattered by dust in the Solar System's ecliptic plane.
In the weeks surrounding the March equinox (today at 1732 UT) Zodiacal light
is more prominent after sunset in the northern hemisphere, and before sunrise in
the south, when the ecliptic makes a steep angle with the horzion. In the picture,
the narrow triangle of Zodiacal light extends above the western horizon and seems
to end at the lovely Pleides star cluster. Arcing above the Pleides are stars and nebulae
along the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy. Recorded on March 10, 2010 from Teide
National Park on the island of Tenerife, Canary Islands, the vista is composed of 4
separate pictures spanning over 180 degrees.