Zodiacal Light meets the Milky Way in stunning night sky photo

This vertical panorama, composed of four images, shows a strong zodiacal light coming from the region where planet Venus was located, in the western sky of Pampilhosa da Serra, Dark Sky Aldeias do Xisto, Portugal.  (Image credit: Miguel Claro)

Miguel Claro is a professional photographer, author and science communicator based in Lisbon, Portugal, who creates spectacular images of the night sky. As a European Southern Observatory Photo Ambassador and member of The World At Night and the official astrophotographer of the Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve, he specializes in astronomical “Skyscapes” that connect both Earth and night sky. Join Miguel here as he takes us through his photograph “A Strong Zodiacal Light and Winter Milky Way Shines above Pampilhosa da Serra.”

Captured from Pampilhosa da Serra, in the heart of a new “starlight tourism destination” created in the center of Portugal, called Dark Sky Aldeias do Xisto, this image shows the strongest zodiacal light I have ever photographed. The very faint and diffuse light, coming from the region where planet Venus was located in the western sky, was bright enough to see with the naked eye. 

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