Why does the Moon shine?

The moon is made of cold, hard rock. It is not a ball of hot, glowing gas like the sun. Yet, somehow, the moon shines.

But the moon doesn’t give off its own light. It reflects light from the sun. That means light from the sun bounces off the surface of the moon and some of that light reaches us on Earth.

The moon does not really reflect sunlight very well. Most of the rock on the moon is rough and dark grey, not smooth and shiny like a mirror. But the sun’s light is so bright that even the tiny bit that is reflected from the moon makes the moon appears to be glowing.

Earth shines, too! It reflects some of the sunlight that falls on it.

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