The moon and Earth are examples of non-luminous objects. Non-luminous objects become visible only when they reflect light produced by a luminous object. A luminous object, such as the sun, emits its own light, because it has its own source of energy.Know More
According to Penn State University's Astrology Department, the Moon has a very dark surface that only reflects about 3 percent of the sun's light. The moon's cycle is determined by the amount of light that reflects from the moon's surface in relation to its position in orbit around Earth. When only half of its surface is lit, this is called the first or third moon quarter. As Earth and the moon orbit the sun, Earth regularly blocks the moon from the sun completely; this is called a new moon. A full moon is entirely illuminated by the sun's light.
Earthshine occurs when the Earth reflects sunlight onto the moon's surface when the moon is in its crescent phase. The crescent portion is brightly lit by reflected sunlight, while the rest of the moon dimly reflects light from the Earth. As this double-reflected light travels through space, it becomes even dimmer as some of it is absorbed into Earth’s atmosphere.Learn More
A common example of diffraction of light is looking at an object that is partially immersed in water, where the object appears to be in a different place. Sound diffraction is usually not visible, but it is audible through walls or other solid objects.Full Answer >
Optical devices include magnifying lenses, spectacles, binoculars, microscopes, telescopes and lasers. Optical devices manipulate light waves to aid in viewing or analyzing those waves to determine properties of the object in view.Full Answer >
Some examples of transparent objects include glass, cellophane, diamond and amber. Transparency is caused when light passes through a material without being scattered. It has application in many fields and is used both for function and aesthetical purposes.Full Answer >
Examples of sound energy include sounds made by singing, whistling, musical instruments and horns. Sound is a vibration that causes a wave of pressure through air, water, wood and other mediums. It is heard when the wave reaches the ear and is perceived by the brain. Sound waves have characteristics including their frequency, amplitude, intensity, speed, direction and wavelength.Full Answer >