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EarthSky // Today's Image Release Date: Dec 04, 2013

Crescent moon with earthshine

The young moon is back after sunset, passing near Venus in the next few evenings. The pale glow on the darkened portion of the moon is called “earthshine.”

View larger. | EarthSky Facebook friend Abhijit Juvekar captured this crescent moon with earthshine on December 1, 2013.  Thank you, Abhijit!

View larger. | EarthSky Facebook friend Abhijit Juvekar captured this crescent moon with earthshine on December 1, 2013. Thank you, Abhijit!

Here’s the moon on December 1, a waxing crescent moon in the evening sky. You’ll see a moon much like this, but with an increasingly fatter crescent, in the coming evenings. Abhijit Juvekar, who captured and labeled this photo, wrote:

The bright area is direct sunlight falling on moon while the faint area is called ‘earthshine.’

Earthshine is also sunlight, reflected from the Earth and falling back onto the moon’s surface.

Image shot using Canon EOS 550D with Sigma 70-300mm Lens.
Place – Lonavala, India.
1 Dec 2013

Thank you, Abhijit!

Watch for the young moon, with earthshine, near Venus on December 4

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