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April Saturday 29, 2017 at 14:35
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Twoluminous arches stretched across the dome of the skyon this northern spring night.After sunset on March 29, the mountain view panoramawas captured in 57 exposures from Chopok peak in centralSlovakia at an altitude of about 2,000 meters.The arc of the northern Milky Way is visible toward the right,but only after it reaches above the terrestrial lights from the mountain top perspective.Though dusk has passed, a bright patch of celestial light stillhovers near the horizon and fades into a second luminous archof Zodiacal Light , crossingnear the center of the Milky Way.Dust in the ecliptic plane reflects sunlight to create theZodiacal glow, typicallyprominent after sunset in clear, dark, skies of the northern spring.Almost opposite the Sun, Jupiter shines brightly near thehorizon toward the left.Since Jupiter lies near the ecliptic, it appearswithin the slight brightening of the Zodiacal band also oppositethe Sun called the Gegenschein .


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