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Why does the moon which is normally white appears orange to us and why does it appears white in the first place?

Asked by Jack Johnson, 07 Jun '08 11:41 am
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It is due to dispersion of light. When light rays enter the atmosphere then the speed of light of the different colours is different.. The red rays reach us becuase the longest wavelength has the fastest speed. So we see the moon as a red object during moonrise. When it is overhead then the white light reaches our eyes, because the speed of all the colours is the same there.
Answered by joyoti sen, 07 Jun '08 10:37 pm

 
  
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All the changes in the moon light are due to changes in our atmosphere, with respect to dust level and humidity.
Answered by Venkateswaraswamy Swarna, 28 Feb '10 09:25 pm

 
  
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The moon sometimes changes colors from night to night, and from its rising to its setting.
Oftentimes, when we see the moon, it looks gray or a brilliant white. Every so often, though, it can appear to be tinted with red, orange, and dark yellow. When this happens, it is known as a 'harvest moon', an 'orange moon' or a 'blood moon'. The terms 'orange moon' and 'blood moon' are acceptable terminology for this occurrence; however, 'harvest moon' is not.
Some people refer to an orange or blood moon as a 'harvest moon' because they often occur during the fall--when many farmers are harvesting their crops. This leads to dust in the air, which means more particles floating in the atmosphere, which filter out the blue, green, indigo, and violet light waves more often. Logically, this is an acceptable term... except that, historically and scientifically, there is a real harvest moon. The harvest moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, at which time, for several days at least, ...more
Answered by GOPI KUMAR, 07 Jun '08 10:05 pm

 
  
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It was cause by reflection of the sun and the other planets surrounding its axis and revolution..
Answered by nataszah, 07 Jun '08 11:42 am

 
  
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Due to the reflection of SUN RAYS at a particular angle.....
Answered by John Mascarenhas, 07 Jun '08 11:42 am

 
  
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Due to the reflection of sun rays
Answered by ANURADHA PATHAKJ, 07 Jun '08 11:43 am

 
  
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Reflection of rays
Answered by anil garg, 01 Mar '10 01:22 am

 
  
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It is due to reflection on sun in the horizon
Answered by saranathan Narasimhan, 28 Feb '10 10:31 pm

 
  
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Color is the result of the change in wavelength of light as it passes through a medium a.k.a refraction. The dust particles or other obstacles between your line of sight and the moon, and the angle of reflection of the sun's rays off the moon determine how much of the moon you see and what color it appears to you.

Of course your rods and cones can perceive colors differently than others as well, significantly so if you're color blind. Also the more names you have for a shade of color the more variations you can tell. For people in the painters/clothing/fashion industry, there are innumerable shades of any one color (say uhm, green) and they can tell them apart, whereas someone with a limited knowledge will probably just call all those shades green, and not be able to get the subtle differences. (This is the same difference of locals speaking a language and foreigners speaking it: accents, phrases, etc... even animals and birds in different places have different accents.)
Answered by dude, 07 Jun '08 01:58 pm

 
  
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It gives us massage of peace.
Answered by prahlad desai, 07 Jun '08 11:43 am

 
  
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