[ urth-shahyn ]
/ ˈɜrθˌʃaɪn /

noun Astronomy.

the faint illumination of the part of the moon not illuminated by sunlight, as during a crescent phase, caused by the reflection of light from the earth.

Origin of earthshine

First recorded in 1825–35; earth + shine1
Also called earthlight. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for earthshine

  • The ancients were greatly exercised in their minds to account for this "earthlight," or "earthshine," as it is also called.

    Astronomy of To-day|Cecil G. Dolmage

British Dictionary definitions for earthshine



/ (ˈɜːθˌʃaɪn) /


the ashen light reflected from the earth, which illuminates the new moon when it is not receiving light directly from the sun
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