from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See earthshine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. sunlight reflected from the earth's surface

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the light reflected by the earth, as upon the moon, and corresponding to moonlight; -- called also earth shine.
  • n. The sunlight reflected from the earth to the moon, by which we see faintly, when the moon is near the sun (either before or after new moon), that part of the moon's disk unillumined by direct sunlight, or “the old moon in the arms of the new.”

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Light reflected by the earth: same as earth-shine.


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  • I remember hearing about research that suggested that the amount of earth's reflected radiation or "earthlight" found by measuring the light intensity on the dark side of the moon has increased.

    The Speculist: Getting Warmer

  • The final 60-90 seconds as Atlantis hits MECO and breaks free from the fuel tank in the darkness of space lit only by its own engines and the reflection of earthlight -- the sun reflected off the quarter-earth visible in frame.

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • A traditional technique for estimating the Earth's albedo is observation of the moon's ashgrey light — earthlight reflected from its dark hemisphere.


  • We live between weather and earthlight: there is no use for them here, no music without weather.

    Archive 2008-04-01

  • Or, with the aid of the music in this album, we can drift into the future's lovemist with Les Baxter and make a spaceliner escapade by earthlight, tongue safely fastened in cheek.

    Week 64: Space Escapade

  • Then, two blocks from the space gun -- right there at the corner of Aldrin and Main in broad earthlight -- somebody flips me and takes my bag.

    Analog Science Fiction and Fact

  • Twenty meters above them, earthlight slanted down through thick panes of polarized glass, illuminating a miniature rain forest.

    Analog Science Fiction and Fact

  • Caliban hit him then, leaping out of the shadowed recesses under the next terrace up, long arms and longer legs wide and grasping, teeth glinting in earthlight.


  • Some were clear this far up, silver with earthlight.


  • The only light in the room came from the soft glow of a circular virtual control console in the center of the space, behind Prospero, and the earthlight and moonlight and starlight flooding in above and around them.



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  • The breadth of the new moon's girth might

    Be darkest when viewed on the first night,

    But the sun's growing blaze

    On successive days

    Will outline the glow of the earthlight.

    December 28, 2016