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moonlit adj : lighted by moonlight; "the moonlit landscape" [syn: moony] [ant: moonless]

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Etymology

moon + lit

Adjective

  1. Lit by moonlight.

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For the 2007 CBS TV series, see Moonlight (TV series).
Moonlight is the light that comes to Earth from the Moon. This light does not originate from the Moon, but is actually reflected sunlight. The "intensity" of moonlight varies greatly depending on the current lunar phase, but even the full moon typically provides only a faint illumination of about 0.2 lx, so the full moon is about 500,000 times fainter than the sun. When the moon is viewed at high altitude at tropical latitudes, the illuminance can reach 1 lx. The color of moonlight, particularly near full moon, appears bluish to the human eye compared to most artificial light sources.
Moonlight is considered by many people to be more romantic than sunlight. For example, it is referenced in several love songs.
moonlit in German: Mondlicht
moonlit in Spanish: Claro de luna
moonlit in Galician: Luar
moonlit in Latvian: Mēness gaisma
moonlit in Malayalam: നിലാവ്
moonlit in Dutch: Maanlicht
moonlit in Japanese: 月の光
moonlit in Vietnamese: Ánh trăng

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