Venus in the Zodiacal Light
Venus shines brightly amid the glow of Zodiacal Light below the Milky Way.
At dawn from Australia this was the last view I saw each night on my run of southern sky observing nights. This is Venus, high in the morning sky, amid the faint pillar of light called the Zodiacal Light. The glow is sunlight reflected off cometary dust in the inner solar system.
Above is the centre of the Galaxy area of Sagittarius. This scene was a wonderful way to end a night of perfect astronomy under the southern stars.
— Alan, April 7, 2014 / © 2014 Alan Dyer