Wednesday 10 February 2016

Astrognome Astronomy Earthshine


Earthshine is one of the loveliest sights in the sky, and you don’t need any optical equipment to see it.

This is the reflected light from the Earth subtly illuminating part of the surface of the Moon. It can sometimes be described as making the Moon look rather ghostly.

This is best seen when the Moon is around 5 or 6 days old and this month the best time to see Earthshine will be around the 10th or 11th  February. 

The Moon is seen as a thin crescent.

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