Skip to comments.LADEE Sees Zodiacal Light before Crashing into Moon, but Apollo Mystery Remains
Posted on 04/24/2014 3:30:32 PM PDT by BenLurkin
With the glow of Earth well-hidden, any dust in the moons scant atmosphere around the time of orbital sunrise should become visible. Scientists also expected to see the softly luminous glow of the zodiacal light, an extensive cloud of comet and asteroid dust concentrated in the flat plane of the solar system. The zodiacal light gets its name from the zodiac, that familiar band of constellations the planets pass through as they orbit the sun. Back on Earth, the zodiacal light looks like a big thumb of light standing up from the western horizon a couple hours after sunset in spring and before sunrise in fall.
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Why couldn’t the crepescular “Apollo rays” be from dust raised by the landing? The ray pattern would be formed by the sun “peeking through” features on the rim of the moon, below the local horizon.
I’ll alert Jerry Lewis.
Thanks BenLurkin, an extra to APoD members.