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 »

Just as day is brighter than night, the sun is much brighter than the moon — 400,000 times brighter, to be exact. That's compared to even the fullest, brightest full moon. From an astronomical standpoint, this is no surp... More »

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 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

In 2003, a hoax circulated around the Internet predicting that at 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 27, 2003, Mars would appear in the night sky the same size as the moon. The hoax took advantage of the Mars close approach, the time at... More »

Even if you cannot see the moon in the night sky due to clouds or light pollution, you can still find out the lunar phase by checking a lunar calendar. Although the lunar cycle lasts roughly a month, it isn't exact and t... More » Science Astronomy Our Moon

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 an... More »