The waning crescent Moon slips closer to the Sun, but before it disappears it gives us another excellent opportunity to see Earthshine illuminating its darkened surface. This is when light reflected back from the Earth shines upon the Moon and the whole of the Moon becomes visible.
This month, the Moon is passing through the stars of winter with Betelgeuse and Aldebaran being prominently visible in both the northern and southern hemisphere. Australian observers may also see Procyon while those in the north can also enjoy Capella, Castor and Pollux in the pre-dawn twilight.
Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
Good opportunity to see Earthshine on the waning crescent Moon before sunrise. (Naked eye, pre-dawn sky. See images above.)
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