What is the meaning of a yellow moon?
Credit:StockPhotosForFree.comCC-BY-2.0
Q:

What is the meaning of a yellow moon?

A:

Quick Answer

When the moon appears orange or yellow, it simply means that the observer is looking at it through more layers of atmosphere. Similar to the way in which the sun will look orange or red on the horizon, when the moon is low in the sky, the light from it will have to pass through more of the blue-absorbing atmosphere to reach the viewer's eye. By this time, only yellow, orange and red light will remain unabsorbed.

 Know More

Full Answer

A yellow moon is commonly called a Harvest Moon. However, the phrase is more a reference to its earlier rising time during fall, which often provides more light after sunset during harvest season. The optical illusion of an increased moon size or proximity that often accompanies this yellow color is called the moon illusion. It is not the same as a supermoon, which is when the moon is actually closer to the planet.

Learn more about Our Moon

Related Questions

  • Q:

    Why does the moon appear to take on a colored hue during an eclipse?

    A:

    According to Astronomy Magazine, the moon turns red during a lunar eclipse because it is illuminated by the light that refracts through Earth's atmosphere. While the moon may pass into Earth's umbral shadow, the light that bends around the planet is enough to give its satellite an eerie red pallor.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What does terraforming the moon involve?

    A:

    Terraforming the moon is a complicated project that entails providing the moon with a stable atmosphere, adding water to the atmosphere and ensuring the atmosphere is appropriate for humans. While some scientists doubt its feasibility, most agree that it is quite possible in principle.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Why does the moon look orange?

    A:

    Any time the moon appears orange in the sky, it's because of light diffusion and refraction in the atmosphere. When the moon is low in the sky, the blue light reflected from its surface is scattered in the dense atmosphere, giving the moon a reddish-orange cast.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Why does the moon have no atmosphere?

    A:

    While the common wisdom that the moon lacks an atmosphere has been part of general knowledge for years, a NASA document released in January 2014 indicates that the moon does have an atmosphere with gases like potassium and sodium which do not appear in the atmosphere of Venus, Mars or Earth. The atmosphere on the moon has much less gas in it; on Earth, the sea-level atmosphere has 10 quintillion molecules per cubic centimeter, while that same cubic centimeter only has 1 million molecules on the moon. So while the lunar atmosphere is quite thin, it nevertheless exists.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore