If you’ve been watching the early evening sky, you know the moon has returned to it. It has appeared in a slim waxing crescent phase over these past evenings. Göran Strand of Sweden captured the crescent moon on Tuesday evening, November 25, 2014. Notice the glow over the unlit part of a crescent moon? It’s called earthshine, and it’s sunlight reflected from Earth’s day onto the moon’s surface.
A big thank you to Göran Strand for sharing his photo with us. You can see more beautiful photos by Göran Strand here
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