In the following days, a wonderful heavenly spectacle awaits us. After sunset, it will be possible to observe Venus in the middle of the so-called zodiacal light. According to astronomers, all you have to do is look in the sky for a bright object inside a silvery cone.
On Tuesday, March 21st, there is a new moon, and the nights will be dark. Thanks to this, it will be possible to observe the so-called zodiacal light, which astronomers refer to as the “March glow for connoisseurs”.
“The light stretches along the ecliptic, which is the plane of the Earth’s orbit, which is imaginary projected in the sky into the constellations of the zodiac. And it is actually nothing more than the dust around the Sun concentrated in a vast disk, which we look at from the side of the Earth and which scatters sunshine,” he captioned the website Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.
The best spectacle will be after sunset, when twilight ends and the sky darkens. “Over the western horizon, a hazy cone of out-of-focus glow can be found against the starry background,” the experts said.
This year, the cone of light will also be completed by the bright planet Venus. Even at dusk, the planet Jupiter will be visible low above the horizon. “Furthermore, at the end of March and the beginning of April, in a really dark sky, the cone reaches the Pleiades star cluster and creates a remarkable composition with the weak arc of the winter Milky Way,” the astronomers added.
People will be able to see Venus in the middle of the zodiacal light with the naked eye. You don’t even need binoculars. However, it is necessary to choose a good place where there is not too much light.
“In the territory of the Czech Republic, we therefore recommend going somewhere in the mountains, ideally in areas known for less light pollution, i.e. so-called dark sky parks. In addition to them, there are nice skies in southern Bohemia or the Vysočina,” the experts advised.
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