moon's earthshine and mercury

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Date:06.05.2008 Time:19:39 - 20:38 UT, 4s interval
Exposure:881 images Field:11.4o x 7.6o
Camera:Nikon D3 Optics:f=180mm, 1/4.0
Place:Tübingen, southern Germany   Observer:Till Credner

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The young crescent moon is setting with planet mercury at the western horizon. The entire moon is visible since it is lit by earthshine, sunlight reflected back from planet earth to the moon. Mercury can't be seen very often. And if so, then always in twilight low above the horizon since it is the innermost planet of our solar system.