The Night Sky

How does the Moon shine?

The moon does not generate light of its own but reflects the light emitted by the Sun. It’s apparent large size causes it to appear brighter compared to other objects that are brighter but farther away from the earth.

Name the brightest object in the sky after the Sun.

The Moon.

Why is the clear night sky important to astronomers?

It allows visibility of almost all celestial bodies unhindered by the Sun’s glare.










How do the planets shine?

The planets do not generate any light of their own but reflect light from the Sun, like the Moon does.






How do the stars shine?

The stars generate their own light like the Sun.