Earthshine is Earthlight illuminating the Moon’s night side. Taken on Nowruz, the March 20 equinox, from Esfahan, Iran, this telescopic image captures strong Earthshine from an old Moon. Photographer M. Taha Ghouchkanlu
The darker earthlit disk is in the arms of a bright sunlit crescent. But the view from the Moon would have been enchanting too. When the Moon appears in Earth’s sky as a slender crescent, a dazzlingly bright, nearly full Earth would be seen from the lunar surface.