The Moon can appear orange or red when it is near the horizon because of the longer path that its light must take through the air before reaching the observer. Oxygen in the Earth's atmosphere scatters optical light with short wavelengths, and the effect, known as Rayleigh scattering, is more pronounced as light travels through more air. Particles in the air from smoke or dust accentuate the scattering of light.Know More
The Moon emits no light of its own, and it simply reflects the sunlight striking its highly reflective surface. This light must then pass through Earth's atmosphere before it can be seen on the ground. Earth's atmosphere tends to scatter light from the blue end of the visible spectrum. This scattering effectively strips moonlight of its bluer wavelengths and makes it appear artificially reddened. The effect is difficult to notice when the Moon is high overhead, because its light travels through comparatively little air before reaching the observer and therefore scatters less than it does on the horizon.
If the Moon appears unusually red or orange or the effect persists while the Moon is overhead, it is possible that fine-grained particles of dust or smoke have saturated the atmosphere and are scattering the light more than normal.Learn more about Our Moon
The Moon is about 25 percent of Earth's diameter and 1/50 the volume. The Earth's diameter is about 12,742 kilometers, while the Moon is about 3,474 kilometers.Full 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.Full Answer >
Six flags were planted on the Moon by Apollo astronauts, but not all of them may still be standing, as of 2014. Apollo 11's flag was most likely knocked over by the rocket blast of the returning lunar module.Full Answer >
Scientifically speaking, there are three meanings for a red moon: that there is a lunar eclipse, that the moon is near the horizon and the light is passing through a larger amount of atmosphere or that particles in the air (from events like a forest fire or a volcanic eruption) are partially obscuring the light. Any of these conditions cause the light from the moon to be partially scattered, eliminating the blue and green parts of the visible light spectrum so that only red light filters through.Full Answer >