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Old 01-14-2014, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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Measurements from a telescope in Hawaii show blue light reflected from Earth turns turquoise when it bounces off moon.

In a demonstration of the power of science to ruin a perfectly respectable work of art, researchers have discovered the colour of the dark side of the moon.

Measurements from a telescope in Hawaii mean that pedants may now argue that, technically speaking, if one wanted to be entirely accurate, the side of the moon referred to in Pink Floyd's 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon should really be described as "turquoise".

The dark side of the moon is turquoise, say astronomers | Science | The Guardian
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Old 01-14-2014, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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How will light reflecting off of Earth hit the dark side of the moon, which faces away from Earth? (Haven't yet read the article, but that was my very first thought upon reading the first sentence in your post).
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Old 01-21-2014, 01:24 AM
 
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How will light reflecting off of Earth hit the dark side of the moon, which faces away from Earth? (Haven't yet read the article, but that was my very first thought upon reading the first sentence in your post).
The article draws a distinction between the far side of the moon (the side never visible from Earth) and the dark "side" of the moon, which (according to the article) is actually the portion of the lunar surface that is visible from Earth, but in the Earth's shadow. The article is somewhat poorly worded; they stretch the English language a bit too far in order to make a play on the Pink Floyd lyrics. They're saying that the shaded portion of the surface is turquoise in color because of the reflection of the earthshine.
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Old 01-27-2014, 04:16 AM
 
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My guess is that you have to get really high up above the atmosphere to measure the effect, since atmospheric dust tends to turn 'Earthshine' reflected off the Moon red.
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Old 01-27-2014, 03:28 PM
 
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It matters not to me. I can't see it anyway. Besides, the music is still classic.
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Old 01-28-2014, 03:09 AM
 
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What about the dark side of the sun?
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