Search for Earth-like planets made difficult by zodiacal light in imaging

November 4, 2014 3:06 AM

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Search for Earth-like planets made difficult by zodiacal light in imaging

The dust could pose problems in the search for planets that could harbor life.

Zodiacal light appears in Earth’s night skies at the conclusion of twilight or just prior to dawn. This diffuse glow is generated by the reflection of sunlight off of hot dust particles in our solar system. Zodiacal light can be seen from any vantage point in the solar system. The dust is created in...

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