Originally posted by MR BOB
Light wont become visable unless it has something to bounce off/pass through right?
There is no atmosphere on the moon, the starlight comes to the moon but does not pass through anything making the stars appear as though they are not there.
We can see stars from earth because of our atmosphere.
Originally posted by ppk55
Apparently they did take some photos of stars etc. with the Far Ultraviolet Camera/Spectrograph on Apollo 16.
Here's a 3rd party site that purports to hold them
For some reason I can't find any of these pics on NASA sites.
Here's a photo of the camera that supposedly took the photos ... it's so shiny.
Originally posted by TeslaandLyne
reply to post by Deaf Alien
Why do we have a telescope in orbit.
That is also closer to outer space and the sun.
The human eye is much like a camera with a long exposure that
is needed to capture stars even in a telescope camera.
Not seeing stars on the Moon does not make sense.
Not being on the Moon makes sense.
Originally posted by DJW001
Although stars would not normally be visible to the naked eye during daylight, whether from the Earth, the Moon, or on orbit, the planet Venus (which is much brighter than any of the stars) was actually recorded on film by astronaut Alan Shepard at the conclusion of his second extravehicular activity, during the Apollo 14 mission. Shepard was preparing to ascend the ladder to re-enter the lunar module Antares, when he likely noticed Venus shining brightly next to the crescent Earth. He made a series of photographs with his chest-mounted Hasselblad camera, likely all at 1/250th second exposure, and differing f-stops. Owing to its position closer to the Sun and its complete coverage by clouds, Venus has a higher surface brightness than Earth, and is indeed visible to the unaided eye in broad daylight from Earth, given a sufficiently transparent sky. It would have been plainly visible to Shepard in the lunar sky, and easily recorded on film. For a complete explanation, consult the "Images" section of the Apollo 14 Lunar Surface Journal.
In the Apollo 11 press conference, Neil Armstrong states that he was "never able to see stars from the lunar surface or on the daylight side of the moon by eye"  Stars were visible with the naked eye only when they were in the shadow of the Moon. All of the landings were in daylight.
The astronauts did see stars.
Originally posted by ppk55
Here's an interesting bit I found from the Apollo 14 mission transcripts.
This is on the Descent orbit insertion.
>>03 15 19 30 LMP And, Houston, looking to the north, we see the
same view. It's a very sharply defined horizon. I can see the stars. I got a - a very soft gray, well-lit surface below without too many features.
You can't see sharply, just - not distinctly; but nothing's probably lost.>>
source www.jsc.nasa.gov... (page 286)
Whilst this is not taken on the moon, iit's interesting that he can see the 'well-lit surface' and still see the stars.
Originally posted by Saint Exupery
For those of you who think that stars should easily be seen from the lunar surface in daylight, I have a simple, straight-forward question:
How much brighter would stars be on the lunar surface than on the Earth's surface?
I don't need an exact number; a ballpark guess will do.
Twice as bright?
Ten times as bright?
A hundred times?
Give me a rough number, please.
Originally posted by PsykoOps
Earth glow is nothing compared to sunshine. They were there during daytime. Do you see stars on earth during daytime?