Astronomers Identify Zodiacal Dust Throughout Our Solar System

November 3, 2014 11:11 PM

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Astronomers Identify Zodiacal Dust Throughout Our Solar System

Astronomers used the Very Large Telescope Interferometer at the observatory in Chile to spy on large disks of particles within regions of nine stars near our solar system. The team was able to find that starlight can reflect individual flakes of dust within each region; dust that could have resulted from the collision of asteroids or the melting of comets long ago.

Within our solar system, though, these glares trigged by outer space dust flakes are called zodiacal light. From earth, we can see zodiacal light for a few weeks every year, during the evening or early morning; it will appear almost like a pyramid-shaped spectre out on the horizon.

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