Earth’s shadow from Austin, Texas

Just like you or me, Earth casts a shadow. Earth’s shadow extends into space, in the direction opposite the sun.

Photo credit: Ashley Young

Photo credit: Ashley Young

What does Earth’s shadow look like?

You might see it as an ascending line of darkness in the east just after sunset. Or you might see it brushing the moon’s face during a lunar eclipse. Or think about night as a shadow, when you’re standing outside in darkness after sunset … maybe tonight.

Thank you so much to our friend Ashley Young for this lovely photo of Earth’s shadow taken in EarthSky’s hometown of Austin, Texas.

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Eleanor Imster