At right is the setting autumn Milky Way. At the base of the Zodiacal Light is bright Venus just setting, with fainter Mars above it."
Zodiacal light is sunlight reflected from billions of dust particles littering the solar system's orbital plane. These are the same dust particles that make meteors when they occasionally hit Earth's atmosphere. Zodiacal Light is very faint, so dark skies are required to see it. Now is a good time to look because the Moon is absent from the evening sky. A trip to the countryside on a moonless February evening often results in a Zodiacal Light sighting. Try it!