What causes the brightness of the moon?



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    The moon reflects light from the sun off of its rocky surface, causing it to shine.  Its position between the Earth and the Sun causes the different ‘crescents’ of the moon, allowing only portions of what is reflected to be visible.  When the Earth is directly in between the moon and the Sun, we see a full moon because we can see the full reflection.  When the moon is directly in between the Earth and the Sun, it is a new moon and we see no reflection.

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