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Zodiacal Light by CapturingTheNight Zodiacal Light by CapturingTheNight
:icondonotuseplz::iconmyartplz: Greg Gibbs. You may not use, replicate, manipulate, or modify this image without my permission. All Rights Reserved.

Zodiacal light, or the false dawn, is a faint, roughly triangular, diffuse white glow seen in the night sky that appears to extend up from the vicinity of the Sun along the ecliptic or zodiac. It is best seen just after sunset and before sunrise in spring and autumn. Zodiacal Light is composed of fine particles of dust in orbit around the sun and is visible because of scattered sunlight from the particles. It is so faint that either moonlight or light pollution renders it invisible.

If you look closely you will also see a meteor strike in the central bulge of the Milky Way. The orange/reddish colour on the horizon is the first faint light from the coming dawn.

Edit: I was never really happy with he original upload of this so I have made a few tweaks here and there to hopefully improve it.
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Nightcool Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Student General Artist
*Dies from stunning picture*
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D
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Nightcool Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Student General Artist
No problem. ^^
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LeafyHeart Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is incredible!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D
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kayandjay100 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful capture, Greg ~ a dramatic skyscape! :deviation: :iconflowerheartplz: Coco

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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm glad you like it Coco :D Thank you
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kayandjay100 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconswingplz::iconcocoglompplz: Coco
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Gautama-Siddharta Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Really nice shot. Perfect compbination with the Milky Way above :)
And you really have nice contrast on the Zodiacal light :) Nice sky conditions!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm glad you like it :D Thank you
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Arafinwearcamenel Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Very beautiful. But the NR is too important for me here. I would be interested in seing this picture without NR if you don't mind ?
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D I appreciate your concern over the NR. I might well have been too heavy handed here. I'll let you know if/when I repost (again)
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Arafinwearcamenel Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
:) Yes, would be interested !
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sgt-slaughter Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing work, thank you for sharing!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D My pleasure
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bhalstead Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012   Photographer
I know I already commented on this image earlier, but on looking at it again, one of the things that seems really interesting about it is how the zodiacal light lookss like an arrow pointed almost straight at the center of the Milky Way galaxy.
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the great feedback once again :D
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Woohoo! I love it whe it gets dark Down Under 'cuz I know my buddy Greg will be out getting some great shots! :iconwoohooplz: Man, Milky Way, Zodiacal Light and Meteors! Waht could be better? :faint: Actually, I've seen that light and just thought it was light pollution--didn't know it had a name and was natural. You're a veritable FONT of information, my friend! :highfive:
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:lmao: Thank you so much John mate :D I have had a great run of weather over the last week or so coinciding with the new moon. Still have another two shots to put up at some point from my all nighter.
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
You're welcome :)
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LeashaHooker Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012   Photographer
Beautiful Greg! One of these days I'll get a shot like this :giggle:
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
and when you do I will be one of the first to fav it Leasha :D Thank you very much. Let me know if I can give you any help with capturing something like this yourself.
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EmilioBrown Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
wow, great picture
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D
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EmilioBrown Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
youre welcome, great work
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Strike a light :clap:
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Will :D
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Greg, it's a pleasure :nod: Your work takes me to skies I can't get to :ahoy:
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WinsomeLosesome Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, great picture.
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D
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tuckersrock Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Wonderful shot as always. So that's what a zodiacal light looks like...
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D
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nutmeg-42 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
Ammaaazing! Love your descriptions as much as your photos. I just learn so much. :-)
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D So do I to be honest. Wikipedia helps a lot when I upload stuff ;-)
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Dreena Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing ^____^
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :D
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siahposh Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that meteor is fantastic!!! :faint:
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D
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insomniaworks Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
Wonderfull image Greg. So far I have never witnessed the Zodiacal Light. Man would I love a chance to image from your locale. Some day....
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much Mark :D I hope you get a chance soon. Speaking of imaging from my locale, that's exactly what I am doing now. Got a cracker of a night here and I don't plan on wasting a minute of it. Going to be an allnighter.
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Zubenelschemali Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
wow, id like to visit the place, where the sky is such dark to see this :) , because here where I live it is impossible to see ZL because of strong light pollution :(
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :D I hope you can find some nice dark skies soon.
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Zubenelschemali Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Ive just received a new CLS filter so I hope that itll help me a lot :)
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:thumbsuP:
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tturqueza Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
is this a single shot if u don't mind me asking what did u do exposure wise and for the ISO
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes single shot. I am not doing anything different here to what I have already told you about. Wide open aperture, very high ISO and shutter speed according to the 600 rule.
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tturqueza Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank u
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tturqueza Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
amazing as always i love your work and thank u for all of the advice and help am planning a photo session to shoot the star-scapes in a couple of days hopefully i come up with something good
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D It's my pleasure
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bhalstead Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012   Photographer
Really neat!!
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