Wide-angle polarimetry of the night sky: Measurements of atmospheric glow and zodiacal light
This paper is devoted to the analysis of the results of wide-angle polarimetric observations of the night sky, which has been carried out in December 2002 in the Southern Laboratory of Shternberg State Astronomical Institute (Crimea, Ukraine) in a color band close to the V band (the effective wavelength is 5250 Å). We propose a method with the help of which the sky light was separated into basic components: the atmospheric glow, emission of weak stars, and the zodiacal light. The polarization map of extra-atmospheric emission of five sky zones close to the ecliptic is constructed, and it is shown that polarization of the sky background far from the antisolar point is determined, in the main, by the zodiacal light. For each observational period, the time dependence of the atmospheric luminosity and absorption is obtained.
KeywordsBasic Component Observational Period Color Band Astronomical Institute Versus Band
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