Earthshine by Rush

Ever since the release of their self-titled debut album in 1974, Rush has been at the forefront of musical exploration and artistic creativity through their unique and ever-evolving progressive-rock sound.

Few could argue the incredible virtuosity that this trio of Canadian musicians possess.

From the ferocious bass playing and utterly unique vocal stylings of front man Geddy Lee, to the sizzling and profoundly deep guitar work of Alex Lifeson, to the prodigious, mind-blowing drumming and lyrical genius of Neil Peart, Rush has established themselves as one of rock’s most talented groups.

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On certain nights
When the angles are right
And the moon is a slender crescent

Its circle shows
In a ghostly glow
Of earthly luminescence

A beacon in the night
I can raise my eyes to
A jewel out of reach
Form a dream to rise to

Floating high
In the evening sky
I see my faint reflection

Pale facsimile
Like what others see
When they look in my direction

Stretching out your hand
Full of starlit diamonds

Reflected light
To another’s sight
And the moon tells a lover’s story

My borrowed face
And my third-hand grace
Only reflect your glory

You’re still out of reach
Form a dream to rise to

Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
Lyrics: Neil E Peart


Liner NotesRush Vapor Trails
Geddy Lee - bass guitar, vocals
Alex Lifeson - electric and acoustic guitars, mandola
Neil Peart - drums and cymbals

Produced by Rush and Paul Northfield

Recorded by Paul Northfield, Geddy Lee, and Alex Lifeson, at Reaction Studios, Toronto, January - November, 2001, assisted by Chris Stringer
Mixed by David Leonard at Metalworks, Mississauga, December 01 - February 02, assisted by Joel Kazmi

Mastered by Howie Weinberg at Masterdisk, NYC
Additional mastering and sequencing by Roger Lian at Masterdisk, NYC
Management by Ray Danniels, SRO Management, Toronto
Executive Production by Anthem Entertainment: Liam Birt and Pegi Cecconi
Equipment care and feeding by Lorne (Gump) Wheaton

Art Direction, paintings, and portraits by Hugh Syme

Thanks to everyone at Reaction Studios: Ormond, Claire, Chris, and Jeff, and everyone at SRO: Ray Danniels, Pegi Cecconi, Sheila Posner, Anna LeCoche, Cynthia Barry, Shelley Nott, Steve Hoffman, Bob Farmer, Randy and Frances Rolfe.

As always, we owe our families a huge debt
of love, gratitude, appreciation, and attention.
We also owe them an apology.

For technical help and contributions, our thanks to Jim Burgess and Ed Wilson at Saved By Technology, Andrew MacNaughtan, Barry and b. zee brokerage, Paul Reed Smith, Fender bass guitars, Coll Audio, Tyme Rogers at Tech 21, Mackie Digital Systems, Steve and Mark at Hughes and Kettner amplification, Dean Markley, Sean Browne at Yamaha, Drum Workshop, Avedis Zildjian, Promark, Remo, Roland electronic percussion, and

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© 2002 Atlantic Records © 2002 Anthem Entertainment

What Is Earthshine?

Earthshine is a dull glow which lights up the unlit part of the Moon because the Sun’s light reflects off the Earth’s surface and back onto the Moon.

Crescent Moon with dark blue sky in the background. The unlit part of the Moon has a dim glow. Bright star shines to the left of the Moon.
A Waxing Crescent Moon lit up by earthshine.

It is also sometimes called ashen glow, the old Moon in the new Moon’s arms, or the Da Vinci glow, after Leonardo da Vinci, who explained the phenomenon for the first time in recorded history.

Phases of the Moon

Best Times to See Earthshine
Earthshine is best seen a few days before and after a New Moon, right after sunset or before sunrise. Scientists studying global warming found that earthshine is more intense in April and May.

When’s the next New Moon?

In 2022, the best time to see earthshine is a few days before and after the New Moons on April 30 and May 30. The New Moon on April 30 is a Black Moon in many time zones.

Why Does it Happen?
Earthshine occurs when sunlight reflects off the Earth’s surface and illuminates the unlit portion of the Moon’s surface.

Since the light that generates earthshine is reflected twice – once off the Earth’s surface and then off the Moon’s surface, this light is much dimmer than the lit portion of the Moon.

This phenomenon is called planetshine when it occurs on other planets’ moons.

Ability to Reflect Sunlight
Earthshine’s brightness is also affected by the Moon’s albedo. Albedo is a measurement of how much sunlight a celestial object can reflect. It is measured on a scale, which ranges from 0 to 1. An object that has albedo of 0 does not reflect sunlight and is perfectly dark. A celestial object with an albedo of 1 reflects all of the Sun’s rays that reach it.

The Moon has an average albedo of 0.12, while the Earth’s average albedo is 0.3. This means that the Moon reflects about 12% of the sunlight that reaches it. The Earth on the other hand, reflects about 30% of all the sunlight that hit its surface. Because of this, the Earth, when seen from the Moon would look about a 100 times brighter than a full Moon that is seen from the Earth.

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