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2017, November: Crescent Moon with Earthshine

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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!

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