GUEST STARS This telescopic view from Montecassiano, Italy on July 15 captures, along with Earth’s Moon, (l. to r.): Callisto, Ganymede, Jupiter, Io, and Europa. (Photo: Cristian Fattinnanzi via NASA APOD)
We’re four days past this month’s “new moon”, the period of darkness just before the first sliver of the sun’s reflection peeks around the formerly waning disk.
This image out of Iran was taken just prior to the new moon on March 20, and shows how much ambient light is still present on the lunar surface. We are prevented from seeing this “Earthshine” from most places on Earth, but next time you look up at a crescent (maybe tonight?), try and find it.
Moon and Fog on Flickr.
Foggy night almost full moon…though it looks full in this photo. Not my best work but at least I picked up the camera again.