The moon doesn't produce its own light, but it does reflect enough of the sun's light to cast a glow onto the Earth. The moon reflects so much light that it can even be seen during the day, during certain months. More » Science Astronomy Our Moon

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 surfac... More » Science Astronomy Our Moon

The moon does not shine on its own, but it instead reflects light from the sun. However, it only reflects a small fraction of light, so humans don't see the moon as brightly they do the sun. This makes it safe to look at... More »

The moon gets its light from the sun, the same source as Earth and other planets. The location of the moon along its orbit affects the amount of light it receives from the sun, leading to the different phases of the moon... More » Science Astronomy Our Moon

The moon does reflect light from the sun, which is why it is visible in the night sky. The actual surface of the moon is mostly a dark grey color, reported by astronauts who have walked on it, but it appears a bright yel... More »

Moon phases occur because the angle of the Earth, moon and sun changes as the moon orbits the Earth. One-half of the moon is always illuminated by the sun. As a person's angle of sight changes, different portions of sunl... More » Science Astronomy Our Moon

The moon is not visible to observers on Earth during its new moon phase, when the moon is located on the same side of Earth as the sun. During this phase, the portion of the moon that is illuminated by the sun faces enti... More »