Earthshine Seen at Table Mountain
The Crescent Moon with Earthshine as Seen From Table Mountain Observatory
When the moon is seen low in the west after sunset, or the east before
phase of the moon is a thin crescent. As projected in space, the moon is nearly between us and
the sun. If one was on the moon itself, and looking back at the earth, the earth would appear as
a nearly full 'earth' (like the full moon). Because of the extreme brightness of the reflected light of
the sun on the earth, the backside or un-illuminated portion of the moon receives this light, and we
see this under favorable conditions from here.. If you were on the backside of the moon, completely
away from the sunlite side, you would be able to read a newspaper without any difficulty!
This picture was taken on August 3, 1986, just before sunrise,
and some 55 hours before 'new
The Zeiss-Ikon 35mm camera with a 55mm lens set at f/4 was used
to take this exposure of 1/30
of a second on Kodacolor 100 ASA film.
Table Mountain Observatory, operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), is located just west of the
town of Wrightwood, California at an elevation of 7500 feet.
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