[meteorite-list] Polarized light and the sky

From: meteorites_at_space.com <meteorites_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:47:13 2004
Message-ID: <20011121220020.1643.cpmta_at_c000.snv.cp.net>

In experimenting with poloroid filters, I remember reading that sunlight and moonlight
is polorized at a band forming a circle the line of which is 45 degrees from the
sun and or moon.
With this in mind, I went out and tested my filters and found thay yes, there is
a polorized band in the sky.
Now the question I have is... Can this phenomenon enhance daytime and or full moon
observations of stars, planets and or meteors that might be within that band?
It would seem to me that the polorized light would be blocked, but the starlight,
and or meteoric light being direct would get through.
Any astronomers that might know?
Steve Schoner

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Received on Wed 21 Nov 2001 05:00:20 PM PST

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