Earthshine Over Southeastern France

March 02, 2007


Provided by: Vincent Jacques
Summary authors & editors: Jim Foster, Vincent Jacques

This alluring view of the crescent Moon hovering over southeastern France (near Menton) was captured on the evening of November 23, 2006. The darkened portion of the lunar disk is earthshine and as this name implies results from sunlight reflected off the Earth's surface. In general, the brighter the Earth's surface (due to expansive areas of cloud cover and snow and ice cover), the more visible the earthshine. Note the fine line of magenta wave clouds separating the Moon and the hillside.

Photo details: Canon EOS 350D camera, Sigma 70/300mm lens on tripod, 2 second exposure, f=190 mm, f/D=5.6, 200 ISO.

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