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 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 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 »

The way to identify which of the phases the moon is in is based on which section of the moon's face is lit by the sun. The moon has eight phases, which happen in the same cycle over the course of a 29-day period. More » Science Astronomy Our Moon

Crescent moons happen when Earth, the sun and moon are positioned in a way that only shows a portion of the reflected light on the moon. The result is a crescent-shaped light pattern. More »