zodiacal light

noun

: a diffuse glow seen in the west after twilight and in the east before dawn

Examples of zodiacal light in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But zodiacal light and Mars, NASA said on its website, may share a deeper connection. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Aug. 2023 The Milky Way is visible in summer and winter, while the zodiacal light is easy to see with the naked eye in autumn and spring. Gabi De La Rosa, Chron, 10 Feb. 2023 That's called the zodiacal light, and is caused by the reflection of sunlight by dust in the plane of our solar system. Phil Plait, Discover Magazine, 30 May 2011 The researchers found that asteroid collisions cannot explain zodiacal light on their own. Phil Plait, Discover Magazine, 12 July 2012 The zodiacal light might be one of the most underrated cosmic sights visible from Earth. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 24 Mar. 2021 For astronomers who study space dust, the phenomenon, known as zodiacal light, is at the center of a startling discovery. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 24 Mar. 2021 Rumor has it, though, that a slight, rising crescent moon can be a miraculously beautiful addition to the zodiacal light. Rebecca Coffey, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 Cosmic dust was known to exist in interstellar space for more than a century, supplementing the solar system dust—known from its reflected sunlight, which is observed as zodiacal light. Avi Loeb, Scientific American, 19 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1734, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of zodiacal light was in 1734

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“Zodiacal light.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zodiacal%20light. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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