The crescent Moon and earthshine over ESO's Paranal Observatory

This view shows the thin crescent Moon setting over ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile. As well as the bright crescent the rest of the disc of the Moon can be faintly seen. This phenomenon is called earthshine. It is due to sunlight reflecting off the Earth and illuminating the lunar surface. By observing earthshine astronomers can study the properties of light reflected from Earth as if it were an exoplanet and search for signs of life.

This picture was taken on 27 October 2011 and also records the planets Mercury and Venus.

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ESO/B. Tafreshi (twanight.org)

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Identification:eso1210a
Type:Photographique
Date de publication:29 février 2012 19:00
Communiqués de presse en rapport:eso1210
Taille:3000 x 1839 px

À propos de l'objet

Nom:Paranal
Type: Solar System
Unspecified : Technology : Observatory
Catégorie:Paranal

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