# What are the coloured bands in this “Pale Blue Dot” picture?

You can see Earth in the right most band in this image:

What are these bands doing in space?! Can somebody please explain the coloured bands in this image?

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Given the possibility that this is an optical effect in the lenses used to take the image, a link to the original image would help. For that matter it might help to convince the commentariet around here to look for a physics explanation outside of the optics, too. –  dmckee Mar 8 '11 at 20:42

The light band over Earth is an artifact of sunlight scattering in the camera's optics, resulting from the small angle between the Earth and the Sun.

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