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Hints of Our Own Asteroid Belt
Ssc2005 10b2

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)

Artwork • April 20th, 2005 • ssc2005-10b2


In our solar system, anybody observing the skies on a moonless night far from city lights can see the sunlight that is scattered by dust in our asteroid belt. Called zodiacal light and sometimes the "false dawn," this light appears in this artist's concept as a dim band stretching up from the horizon when the Sun is about to rise or set. The light is faint enough that the disk of our Milky Way galaxy remains the most prominent feature in the sky. (The Milky Way disk is shown perpendicular to the zodiacal light)

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Planet > Type > Terrestrial
Sky Phenomenon > Night Sky > Milky Way
Sky Phenomenon > Night Sky > Zodiacal Light