Moon with Earthshine over Paranal Observatory

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Sunlight reflects off the Earth and shines upon the moon, gaining the name "earthshine." This view shows a crescent moon setting over ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile, illuminated mostly by earthshine. The photo was taken on 27 October 2011, and also shows Mercury and Venus.

Credit: ESO/B. Tafreshi/TWAN


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