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What color is the moon?

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The surface of the moon is generally a light gray color, although there are parts of the moon that are made up of dark gray rocks. The moon has a different appearance from the surface, from space and from the Earth.

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The surface of the moon is made primarily of light gray rock, but the dark gray spots that can be seen on the moon are from volcanic craters. The more titanium that is present on the surface of the moon, the darker the color will be. Some pieces of the surface of the moon are more of a brown-gray color and some are closer to a white color.

The color of the moon that is seen in pictures from space most closely resembles the true color of the moon. Since there is less reflection from the sun during the daytime, the moon will often appear white from the Earth during the day. At night, the moon generally has a yellow tint to it. Depending on the time of year and the different cycles of the Earth, the moon can take on a darker yellow tint that can cause it to appear orange. This is most common during autumn.

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