The waning crescent moon shines this morning from the eastern sky. It is 25.8 days past its new phase and heading toward new phase on November 18.
Notice the night portion of the moon. It shines from reflected sunlight from our planet. From the moon Earth is nearly full. Reflected sunlight from the waxing gibbous Earth falls on the night portion of the moon and gently illuminates it: Earthshine!
For more information about sky watching events:
- 2017, November 13: Venus-Jupiter Epoch Conjunction
- 2017 Evening Planets
- 2017 Morning Planets
- Venus as a Morning Star, 2017
- Chart and Image Collection
- Jupiter’s Year with Spica: A Triple Conjunction
- 2018: Mars Perihelic Opposition
- 2017-2018: Jupiter’s Year in the Claws of the Scorpion, A Triple Conjunction
- 2017-2019: Mars Observing Year with a Perihelic Opposition, July 27, 2018
earthshine was lovely at quarter to five this morning! now i know why. thanks