When you look outside tonight, how will the moon look up in the sky? Which nights will be brightly lit by moonlight, and which will be dark? This image shows the kind of moon you might expect to see tonight - it has the moon in its proper phase.

Click on the date and time beneath the image, and change it to your local time!

 

The Moon does not make visible light of its own. The light by which we see the Moon is reflected sunlight! Most of this light gets to the Moon directly from the Sun, but a lesser amount is sunlight reflected off the Earth toward the Moon - called earthshine.

 

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