The view features a slender crescent Moon and bright planet Mercury (the Messenger in Roman Mythology) separated on the sky by only few degrees. Cradled in the sunlit lunar crescent, the night side of the Moon is faintly illuminated by earthshine — sunlight reflected from planet Earth. Of course, the clouds in silhouette and fading twilight colors are common elements in pictures of the sky after sunset, but much less often seen is inner planet Mercury, usually hiding close to the Sun in Earth’s sky.



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