Lunar Crescent and Earthshine

June 18, 2005

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Provided by: Philippe Moussette
Summary authors & editors: Jim Foster; Philippe Moussette

The photo above showing a 2-day old crescent Moon and "earthshine" was captured on April 10, 2005 from Cap-Rouge Québec Canada. Earthshine is sunlight reflected off of the daytime side of the Earth. When the non sunlit portion of the Moon is readily observed, it's likely that the sunlit portion of the Earth is either exceptionally snow covered, if observed in mid winter, or unusually cloudy.

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