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phase angle

(view angle of reflected light implied by the phase of the Moon)

The phrase phase angle is used to describe the angle between the path of light from a light source to a body, and the path of light from this reflection to the observer. The phrase is used regarding the phase of the Moon, and is also useful for solar system planets as a factor in their apparent magnitude. It is also a factor regarding the light curves of transiting extra-solar planets.

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phase curve