posted on May, 26 2009 @ 05:19 AM
Originally posted by danzi
This is probably going to sound really dumb, but why if the moon isnt grey, then why from Earth does is appear grey. I mean, through a basic
telescope at Saturn its colour isnt different to saturns actual colour. . .
It's a difference of what you are looking at.
The moon is covered in very fine, crystalline dust. This refracts light around much like sand or snow does. However, soil that the dust is covering
will still reflect a portion of the light that hits it, and get refracted back up through the dust.
At first glance - it appears just to be 'gray' or 'white.' However, further analysis will show slight shades/tints/hues to the surface that
corresponds to various flows/deposits of minerals and rocks reminiscent of ancient volcanic activity.
At least - that's the best thing I can think of to explain it without boarding the crazy train.
Now, when viewed 'close-up' (magnified) - and especially through certain grown-crystal lenses - the hues imparted to the diffracted light will
become more apparent.
As for why this has not been apparent up until now - it has to do with the progression of optical technologies. Digital systems are now more
sensitive than ever before - minute differences in colors can be detected much more easily than we could, previously. Films are also advancing and
becoming far more sensitive.
Just compare the images of the first generations of mars rovers to the later generations - the difference is like night and day. Rocks that once
looked to be a dull rusty color can now be seen to have jagged surfaces and various swirls of mineral compounds/oxides/sulfates/etc.
Is there a coverup about the color of the moon? A rather dumb thing to try and cover up when a look through a telescope can bust the coverup wide
It's just a misunderstanding combined with people looking to justify their disposition against the government. It will be cleared up soon enough
when we go back to the moon and make it a more routine event.