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Zodiacal Light and Meteors Light Up the Night (Photo)

Zodiacal Light and Quadrantids
<a href="http://www.jeffberkes.com/">Photographer Jeffrey Berkes</a> took the image over the Florida Keys in 2012. (Image credit: <a href="http://www.jeffberkes.com/">Photographer Jeffrey Berkes</a> )

The ghostly zodiacal light offers an ethereal glow to this stunning night sky scene peppered by meteors as seen by a veteran night sky photographer during a trip to Florida.

Photographer Jeffrey Berkes captured this striking night sky view while visiting the Florida Keys in 2012 and recently shared it with Space.com.

"I captured 2 quadrantid meteors in this 30-second exposure. I counted over 130 meteor that night and I was blessed to have the zodiac light appear in the eastern sky just before sunrise that morning," Berkes wrote in an email to Space.com in March. [Astronomy Guide: Tips and Tools to Start Stargazing]

The luminous cloud of dust is a faint glow caused by millions of tiny particles along the ecliptic, the path of the sun and planets across the sky, which ancient astronomers called the zodiac. Meteors from the annual Quadrantid meteor shower - which typically peaks in early January - also shine in this image.

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Nina Sen

Nina Sen is a freelance writer and producer who covered night sky photography and astronomy for Space.com. She began writing and producing content for Space.com in 2011 with a focus on story and image production, as well as amazing space photos captured by NASA telescopes and other missions. Her work also includes coverage of amazing images by astrophotographers that showcase the night sky's beauty.