Earthshine is sunlight which is reflected by the Earth and illuminates the Moon’s night side.The overexposed part of the Moon is the part illuminated by direct sunlight, the other darker part is illuminated indirectly by sunlight reflected by the Earth.

Earthshine is most easily observed when the Moon is new (as viewed from Earth).

Earthshine can be caught photographically by using a somewhat longer exposure time to reveal the shadow side, this however always burns out the light part of the Moon. (at least in the pre-HDR era…)

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Name The Moon
Type Natural satellite
Perigee 362.570 km
Apogee 405.410 km
Orbital period 27,32 days
Equatorial radius 1.738 km
Mass 0,012 Earths
Eq. Surface gravity 0,16 G
Sidereal rot. period 27,32 days
Apparant magnitude -2,5 to -12,9