Crescent Moon and Earthshine

Crescent Moon and Earthshine

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Credit: DR JUERG ALEAN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Crescent Moon and Earthshine. This is a waxing (increasing in size) crescent Moon, photographed from the Northern Hemisphere. The portion of the Earth-facing side of the Moon not lit by sunlight, is here illuminated by Earthshine. This is the reflection of sunlight from the Earth to the Moon, and back again.

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Keywords: 20, 20/05/2007, 2007, 20th, 21st century, astronomical, astronomy, crescent, crescent moon, earthshine, illuminated, lit, lunar, may, moon, nature, northern hemisphere, phase, phases, reflected light, solar system, space, waxing

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