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Image centred on the constellation of Leo showing the Moon (top left) together with four planets. Venus is the brightest object in the frame seen at upper centre left; Mars is found at upper centre and below it to the left Regulus, alpha Leonis, is visible. At bottom right close to the horizon Jupiter and immediately below it Mercury are found. The whole of the lunar disc is visible due to a phenomenon called earthshine; a thin portion is illuminated by the Sun whereas the dark part of the Moon is illuminated by sunlight reflected from the Earth to the Moon and back again to the Earth. The image was taken on July 14th 1991.
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