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Why does the moon look more yellow or more LED-like? Thanks in advance
TL;DR: because of the Earth's atmosphere.
When the Moon is low on the horizon, the light we receive from the Moon has to go through a lot of layers of the atmosphere. Rayleigh scattering makes this light more yellowish/orangish, for the same reason sunsets look orange.
A very thin layer of clouds can also change the appearance of the Moon.
Sometimes, the Moon ends up in the Earth's shadow. In this case, the light that hits the Moon first went through the Earth's atmosphere. Because of Rayleigh scattering (again), the light that went through the atmosphere is red. This gives the Moon a reddish tint.
Why does the moon looks like having different filters sometimes? - Astronomy
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All About Astronomy
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|Inside the Moon||Craters||Phases of the Moon||Why Do We See Only One Side of the Moon?||Tides|| Activities,|
The Phases of the Moon
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As the moon circles the Earth, the shape of the moon appears to change this is because different amounts of the illuminated part of the moon are facing us. The shape varies from a full moon (when the Earth is between the sun and the moon) to a new moon (when the moon is between the sun and the Earth).
When two full moons occur in a single month, the second full moon is called a "Blue Moon." Another definition of the blue moon is the third full moon that occurs in a season of the year which has four full moons (usually each season has only three full moons.)
A crescent moon is part way between a half moon and a new moon, or between a new moon and a half moon.
A gibbous moon is between a full moon and a half moon, or between a half moon and a full moon.
A half moon looks like half a circle. It is sometimes called a quarter moon (this Moon has completed one quarter of an orbit around the Earth from either the full or new position and one quarter of the moon's surface is visible from Earth).