Saturn and the Da Vinci Glow
On February 2nd early morning risers saw Saturn near an old Moon
low on the eastern horizon.
On that date bright planet, sunlit crescent, and faint lunar night
side were captured in this predawn skyscape from Bursa, Turkey.
Of course the Moon's ashen glow is
earthlight reflected from the Moon's night side.
A description of earthshine, in terms of sunlight
reflected by Earth's oceans illuminating
the Moon's dark surface, was written over 500 years ago by
Leonardo da Vinci.
On May 2nd an old Moon also rose in the predawn twilight.
On that date its ashen glow shared the sky with Venus,
the brilliant morning star.
May 2nd also marked the 500th anniversary
death in 1519.
Authors & editors:
NASA Web Site Statements, Warnings,
NASA Official: Jay Norris.
A service of:
& Michigan Tech. U.
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