Colorful Scenes Before and After the New Moon Reveals a Lunar Earthshine at Dawn and Dusk


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Captured one day before the New Moon and the last Partial Solar Eclipse of the year, against the colorful background in the morning twilight of Antalya, Turkey, the image reveals not only a smiling Waning Crescent Moon but also the rare view of planet Mercury, the Inner planet more close to the Sun and by that reason, very difficult to see and spot in the eastern sky. Looking carefully to the end of the pier where is the last lounge roof, we can find the orange bright dot. Now on the right image, captured with the same 200mm lens and almost from the same location on a pier in the beach, reveals the scene while looking to the opposite direction of the sky, this time facing to west just two days after the new moon and 30 minutes after the sunset. The Earthshine is again visible, but the smile has slightly changed due to the Moon position regarding the Sun. Described and drawn for the first time by Leonardo Da Vinci about 500 years ago on his book Codex Leicester, Leonardo da Vinci explained the phenomenon known as Earthshine in the early 16th century, when he realised that both Earth and the Moon reflect sunlight at the same time. Light is reflected from the Earth to the Moon and back to the Earth as earthshine.The image shows a sequence of shots in time lapse mode, while the Moon Earthshine of last October was setting above Bey mountains and close to Mediterranean Sea.

PT: Captada um dia antes da Lua Nova e do último Eclipse Solar Parcial do ano, contra o fundo colorido do crepúsculo matinal de Antalya, na Turquia, a imagem revela não apenas uma Lua Minguante sorridente, mas também a rara visão do planeta Mercúrio, o Planeta interior mais próximo do Sol e por isso, muito difícil de ver e localizar no céu oriental. Olhando atentamente para o final do cais onde fica o último telhado da zona lounge, podemos encontrar um ponto laranja brilhante. Já na imagem à direita, captada com a mesma lente de 200mm e quase do mesmo local do pontão na praia, revela o cenário na direção oposta do céu, desta vez voltado para oeste apenas dois dias após a lua nova e 30 minutos após o pôr do sol. O Earthshine é novamente visível, mas o sorriso mudou ligeiramente devido à posição da Lua em relação ao Sol. Descrito e desenhado pela primeira vez por Leonardo Da Vinci há cerca de 500 anos em seu livro Codex Leicester, Leonardo da Vinci explicou o fenómeno conhecido como Earthshine no início do século XVI, quando percebeu que tanto a Terra quanto a Lua refletem a luz solar ao mesmo tempo. A luz é refletida da Terra para a Lua e de volta para a Terra como Earthshine. A imagem mostra ainda uma sequência fotográfica em modo time lapse, enquanto o Earthshine lunar de Outubro se deitava acima das montanhas Bey e perto do Mar Mediterrâneo.

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