The surface of the moon is generally a light gray color, although there are parts of the moon that are made up of dark gray rocks. The moon has a different appearance from the surface, from space and from the Earth.Continue Reading
The surface of the moon is made primarily of light gray rock, but the dark gray spots that can be seen on the moon are from volcanic craters. The more titanium that is present on the surface of the moon, the darker the color will be. Some pieces of the surface of the moon are more of a brown-gray color and some are closer to a white color.
The color of the moon that is seen in pictures from space most closely resembles the true color of the moon. Since there is less reflection from the sun during the daytime, the moon will often appear white from the Earth during the day. At night, the moon generally has a yellow tint to it. Depending on the time of year and the different cycles of the Earth, the moon can take on a darker yellow tint that can cause it to appear orange. This is most common during autumn.Learn more about Our Moon
The moon's circular craters are the result of flying objects such as meteorites crashing into the moon's surface. This contact is known as an impact, and the resulting crater is officially known as an impact crater.Full Answer >
Moon phases refers to the appearance of the moon in the night sky and how much of its visible surface is illuminated. As the moon travels through its orbit, the percentage of its illuminated surface facing Earth waxes and wanes between full illumination and full darkness. This creates several distinct phases: full, gibbous, quarter, crescent and new.Full Answer >
Thanks to six moon landings, hundreds of objects are still scattered across the surface of the moon: golf balls, boots, cameras, javelins, sculptures, photographs, and a golden olive branch. Because the moon doesn't have an atmosphere, most of these objects will remain preserved until something impacts that area of the moon.Full Answer >
The moon appears to shine because its surface reflects sunlight. Light from the sun travels through space to reach the Earth-moon system just over eight minutes after it is emitted. Some of this light falls on the surface of the moon where, according to Universe Today, 12 percent of it is reflected back into space.Full Answer >