View the image above full-sized at EarthSky Community Photos. | Caroline Haldeman captured the hazy zodiacal light from Flagstaff, Arizona on January 11, 2021. It’s part of a video she made, which you can see here. Thanks, Caroline!
Full moon for February 2021 comes on February 27. Afterwards, the moon will be waning and gone from the early evening sky. Moonless evenings in late February, March and early April present the best time of year to see the zodiacal light in the Northern Hemisphere. Meanwhile, from the Southern Hemisphere, the zodiacal light is best seen before dawn at this time of year. The light appears when all traces of twilight have left the evening sky, or before dawn’s light begins.
For us Northern Hemisphere dwellers, the zodiacal light will look like a hazy pyramid of light in the west after true darkness falls, on moonless evenings in the coming months.
This light can be noticeable and easy to see from latitudes like those in the southern U.S. I’ve seen it many times from the latitude of southern Texas, sometimes while driving a lonely highway far from city lights, up to an hour or so after evening dusk leaves the sky.
In that case, the zodiacal light can resemble the lights of a city or town just over the horizon.
Skywatchers in the northern U.S. or Canada sometimes say wistfully that they’ve never seen the zodiacal light. On the other hand, sometimes the camera will pick up faint objects that the eye can’t see. And we’ve had reports of the zodiacal light visible to the eye by those at northerly latitudes.