Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Soak In Some Earthshine

When a very slim crescent moon joins Jupiter, Venus and Spica on the western horizon tonight just after sunset, be sure to look for the Earthshine, too.

The Sun is the only source of bright light in our solar system. All the light coming from the planets and their moons is just a reflection of our home star. When the Moon is only a couple of days past its new phase it presents a large dark limb, and the light that makes that dark limb visible is Earthshine, light from the Sun that strikes the Earth, reflects back to the dark portion of the Moon and then shines back on the Earth.

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