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Why can't we see the moon during the new moon phase?
The sun is not reflecting on the moon
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From new moon phase to full moon phase you see: You see the moon phrases waxing crescent, first quarter(or half moon), waxing gibbous, full moon, waning gibbous and waning c…rescent in this order after a new moon. A gibbous means more than half but less than full. Waxing means growing larger. Waning means shrinking or getting smaller. What you are actually seeing occur: Moonlight is actually the sun shining on the part of the moon facing earth. Thus, were you standing on a part of the moon facing earth as we observe the transitional phases, that is what you would see around you -- the sun rising overhead as observes on earth see a waxing moon, noon when the sun is overhead, and afternoon and evening would be the waning moon, and midnight would be the full moon. Given the transition takes about 28 days, this means that is the length of a day on the moon -- 28 earth-days.
During a new moon, the side of the moon that is illuminated by sunlight is facing away from Earth so that the dark side of the moon is facing Earth. However, during a total …solar eclipse (and with protective gear for your eyes) you can see the moon at the time of new moon. You will see the night time face of the moon without any detail at all.
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During the new moon phase, the moon is in a position between the Earth and the Sun. This means that light rays are still hitting the moon, but not in our direction. Since the …way we see the moon at night is due to the Sun's rays hitting of the moon and the rays reflecting towards the Earth, we cannot see this phase since there are no rays bouncing towards us.
The "new moon" is when the Moon is between the Earth and the Sun, and the lighted half is facing the Sun, and away from the Earth. The Moon gets its light from the Sun, and …moonlight is actually the Sun reflecting off the Moon (the Moon itself is a rock, not a light). With the Moon between the Sun and the Earth, we can't see it because none of the light is being reflected by the face toward us. The other side of the Moon (the far side, the back side we never see) is the half getting all the sunlight. During a total solar eclipse, you can see the darkened "new moon" silhouetted against the Sun, and, with the proper filters, astronomers can see the face of the Moon illuminated solely by the dim sunlight reflected from the Earth. The illuminated half of the Moon is the half facing away from the Earth. As the Moon orbits the Earth, half of its surface is always illuminated, but more or less of that illuminated part is seen from the Earth. This is why the Moon shows "phases" as it circles the Earth. Mercury and Venus (and to a much lesser extent Mars and the rest of the planets) likewise can show phases depending on their orbital position with respect to Earth.
The cycle goes: new moon waxing crescent first quarter waxing gibbous full moon waning gibbous third quarter waning crescent Starts again: new moon
You cannot see the new moon phase because the moon always rises after sunrise and sets before sunset during the new moon phase. The brightness of the sun and the nearness of t…he new moon to the sun in the sky combine to make it difficult to see the new moon phase. Comment. That's not quite right. At the New Moon phase the Earth, Moon, and Sun are in a line. (Usually the alignment is not exact because the Moon's orbit is tilted a bit compared with the Earth's orbit.) You can't see the Moon because there's no sunlight on the side facing the Earth at New Moon.
go somewhere on the other side of earth and there will be a full moon Additional answer. No there won't! The phase of the Moon is more or less the same wherever you are… on Earth. Because its position in the sky relative to Earth and the Sun means that the face pointing to Earth is unlit. As the month progresses the relative positions change and more and more of the face we see is lit, so it starts off as a small crescent and gradually gets bigger. But the lit side faces the opposite way in the northern and southern hemispheres. And you won't see the Moon from anywhere on Earth during new moon.
The "Full" Earth. I am certain that the view of the "full Earth" will be one of the highlights of people living in the Moon in centuries to come. "IN" the Moon? Yes; probab…ly most early settlements will be below-ground. Only the tourists will want windows out onto the lunar surface. Windows could break, letting out the air. Messy, and dangerous. Sensible Lunarians will live in safe, deep caves, and only come to surface domes on special occasions.
During the new moon phase, light from the Sun can only reach the side of the Moon that is facing away from us, as the Moon at this point is roughly between the Sun and Earth. …During this time, the Moon and Sun rise and set at about the same time of day, and so are in the sky together, with the Moon being too dark to see. Occasionally the Sun, Moon and Earth will be perfectly aligned during the new moon phase for a few minutes, resulting in a solar eclipse (the unlit "disk" of the Moon can be seen passing in front of the Sun). New moon is the first phase of the lunar cycle, with the visible moon getting fuller (waxing) eventually becoming a full moon and then getting thinner (waning) to the next new moon. The process starts all over again, taking 29.5 days to complete its cycle.
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Because at that time, the moon is between the earth and sun. In that position, the half of the moon that's lit up by the sun is the half turned away from you. The half you… see when you look at the moon is the "back" half, which is dark. So you're looking in the general direction of the sun, trying to see the half of the moon that's not lit up by anything .... a combination that makes it impossible to see the moon.
Moonlight is actually sunlight reflecting off its bright surface. When the Moon is in the "New Moon" phase, that means the side of the Moon facing Earth is experiencing its ni…ght time. Since the Moon does not actually radiate light, only reflects Sunlight, it appears black to us when the side of the Moon facing us experiences night.
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You can see the New Moon, if by that you mean that first slim crescent. (It'll be quite close to the Sun, so look carefully). It's the "Dark of the Moon" you can't see, becaus…e all the Sun's light is on the far side (remember, the Moon has no light of its own, and only reflects sunlight). edit: The strict definition of "new moon" is when it's totally dark, not when it's a slim crescent.