Brightness of the Moon and Venus

Attached is a photo of the Moon and Venus, showing the reflected light of our planet, Earth on the part of the moon not lit by the sun.  The sunlit part is overexposed to show the fainter earthlit part.  This is a wonderful sight, even better in any pair of binoculars.

Earthshine on the Moon, Venus blazing to the right

Close-up of moon with earthshine, cropped from the larger photo, above.

Earthshine faintly lights the part of the Moon not lit by the Sun.


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