Richard T. Hasbrouck captured this beautiful photo of the zodiacal light on February 23, 2014 from Truchas, New Mexico. He wrote:
First learned about zodiacal light on the EarthSky web site, and had to see if I could photograph it. Looked up the time when astronomical twilight ended, and the bearing of the setting sun. Found a location with no nearby yard lights and took a number of shots.
In the photo, the bright band of lights at bottom center is the city of Los Alamos, New Mexico.
Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Canon 16-35 mm lens at 18 mm, ISO 1600, f/2.8, 15 sec. Tripod mounted; mirror locked up, 2 second delay.
Imported into Lightroom 4 for initial RAW processing; exported to Photoshop CS6 for final processing. Discovered that looking to the side of the Z-light revealed a distinct band of light. Subsequently learned that this was referred to by astronomy types as averted vision.
Indeed it is, Richard. Thank you for sharing this beautiful photo.
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