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# How much of the moon is always lit up by the sun?

Updated: 4/28/2022

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Approximately half. Because the Moon is orbiting the Earth, various fractions of this illuminated surface are visible, depending on the angle from which we see it.

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### What percent of the moon is lit by the sun?

50% of the moon is always lit

### How much of the earth is always lit by the sun?

Half of the moon is always lit by the sun, unless the sun is eclipsed by the Earth. The portion of the illuminated moon viewed from Earth depends on the moon's orbit. As the moon orbits, different portions of shadow and illumination are seen from Earth, creating the moon's phases.

### What part of the moon is always lit up by the sun?

The side facing the sun is lit up.

### Why is one side of the moon always lit?

The sun lights it

### What portion of the moon is always illuminated by the sun?

Half of the moon is always lit by the sun except during a lunar eclipse. This is true no matter what phase the moon is in.

### What percentage of the Moon is lit?

The moon is ALWAYS 50% (+/-) illuminated. Though we only see all of the half lit side when the moon is opposite the sun (Full Moon).

### What fraction of the moon is lit?

Half of the moon is always lit. Due to it's position in relation to the sun and the earth, we see a different moon every night.

### Is one half of the moon always lighted because it faces the moon?

Yes, half of the moon is always lit because it faces the sun.

### What percent of the moon is always lit?

Unless there is a lunar eclipse, half of the moon is always lit by the sun. Sometimes we see the lit half dead on (full moon), sometimes side on (half moon) and sometimes we don't see any of the lit surface (new moon) - usually we see something in between.

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### Why has the Moon's face changed?

The Moon isn't really changing its shape. It is always round. As the Moon moves around Earth, we only see the parts of the Moon that are lit by the Sun. The Sun's light bounces, or reflects, off the Moon.

### Why the percentage of the Moon is always lit by the Sun 50 percent?

That's what always happens when a flashlight shines on a ball, unless there is something in the way.