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!
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