On a clear night, the moon can provide a lot of light! Where does it all come from??
Believe it or not, the secret behind all the light of Mr. Moon is the sun
! The moon itself does not actually give off any light
. The light we see coming from the moon is light being shined onto the moon by the sun, which bounces off the moon and then shines down on Earth
! (It’s almost like the moon is a mirror for sunlight!)
Because the moon moves in circles around the Earth
, we’re sometimes able to see more of its lit-up side, and we’re sometimes able to see less, depending on where the moon is in its orbit and how much of that lit-up side is facing us! This is why you sometimes just see a little sliver of the moon, and sometimes you see the whole big thing!