This is a wonderful time of year for us in the Northern Hemisphere to begin looking for the zodiacal light in the evening. Start looking about an hour after the sun goes down for a hazy pyramid of light in the sunset direction. Gilbert Vancell captured the image of the light from Malta, a Southern European island country in the Mediterranean Sea. Thank you, Gilbert!
Are you in the Southern Hemisphere? Then look for the zodiacal light in the sunrise direction, before dawn begins to light the sky!
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.