Question: Can the moon ever be completely dark?

Depending on the positions of the moon and sun, we on earth see the moon as waxing, full, or waning. During a new moon, the moon looks completely dark from earth. Thats because its rotation around the earth takes just as long as one complete spin: 27 and 1/3 days.

Can the moon be completely dark?

At its new moon phase, the moon is always black. It happens at that time of the month when the moon passes through the same part of the sky as the sun and as such, the moons dark or unilluminated side faces Earth. So there really is nothing to see.

What makes the moon completely dark?

Earth sometimes moves into a position directly between the sun and the moon. When this happens, the moon passes through the shadow cast by earth. No sunlight strikes the moon directly, and it becomes dark.

Can the moon ever be completely lit?

When the side of the Moon we can see from Earth is fully lit up at Full Moon, the other side is in darkness. The opposite happens at New Moon. The Full Moon is visible in the sky from around sunset to sunrise.

What is the darkest phase of the moon?

The moment a thin sliver of the Moon becomes visible after New Moon is the beginning of the first intermediate phase, the Waxing Crescent Moon. In the past, this used to be called New Moon while the darkest phase was called Dark Moon.

Is new moon the darkest night?

About a day after the New Moon conjunction, the Moon becomes visible again. The initial period, as only the thinnest sliver of a Crescent Moon becomes visible, used to be called New Moon, while the darkest phase was called Dark Moon.

What is the darkest phase of the Moon?

The moment a thin sliver of the Moon becomes visible after New Moon is the beginning of the first intermediate phase, the Waxing Crescent Moon. In the past, this used to be called New Moon while the darkest phase was called Dark Moon.

How can everyone on Earth see the moon?

Yes, everyone sees the same phases of the Moon. People north and south of the equator do see the Moons current phase from different angles, though. If you traveled to the other hemisphere, the Moon would be in the same phase as it is at home, but it would appear upside down compared to what youre used to!

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