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Originally posted by ProudBird
reply to post by r3axion
You are arguing specious semantics, here.....as to the albedo and differing reflectivity levels when comparing the Earth, and the Moon.
Point was that the Earth is certainly reflective enough to have an effect on exposure settings, for photography. Additionally, in the (low quality) photo example, the argument of Earth's alleged atmosphere "absorbing" the light (that was simply nonsensical) is mitigated by the fact that the highly reflective Moon's surface is much close to the camera, in any case.
One only has to examine any number of STS or ISS low Earth orbit photos to see the distinct difference in lighting exposure, from day- to night-side!! The Earthshine is significant.
This image has not been validated or calibrated. A validated/calibrated image will be archived with the NASA Planetary Data System in 2012.