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Catch zodiacal light before it is gone: museum
Central News Agency
2014-04-12 10:17 PM
Taipei, April 12 (CNA) The zodiacal light, a faint glow that can be spotted when the equinox occurs, can still be observed, the Taipei Astronomical Museum said Saturday. The celestial phenomenon will remain visible for a few more days before fading away and will not occur again until the autumn equinox, said museum researcher Lee Chin. "The light is so delicate that skywatchers should avoid all forms of light pollution," said Lee, describing the light as similar to how the milky way appears. Astronomy buffs can look at the western sky after dusk, where the light can be seen stretching from the horizon to about 30 degrees high, he said. The zodiacal light is formed as space dust reflects sunlight, a phenomenon that is most prominent around the equinox, according to the museum. The equinox occurs twice a year, around March 20 and September 22, when the duration of day and night is about the same. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)
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