Definition of earthshine in English:

earthshine

(also earthlight)

noun

Astronomy
  • The glow caused by sunlight reflected off the earth, especially on the darker portion of a crescent moon.

    • ‘Traditional folklore refers to this as the ‘Old Moon in the New Moon's arms ’, a phenomenon created by earthshine - the reflection of light from the Earth back onto the surface of the Moon.’
    • ‘The measurements of albedo from earthlight for the most part sense the reflectivity of low-latitude zones because the Moon is situated roughly in the Earth's equatorial plane.’
    • ‘They also felt that operating under earthshine or lunar noon were feasible, as long as thermal conditions were understood.’
    • ‘The new telescope will also allow Goode and his staff to continue their ground-breaking research about earthshine.’
    • ‘His most recent project involves ‘earthshine’ a phenomenon that allows the state of the earth's climate to be monitored by the brightness of sunlight reflected off the earth onto the dark part of the lunar disk.’

Pronunciation

earthshine

/ˈərTHˌSHīn//ˈərθˌʃaɪn/