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Name: Kristopher
Status: other
Grade: 12+
Location: IN
Country: USA
Date: Spring 2014

Do solar flares affect the intensity of the moons reflection of sunlight?

Dear Kristopher,

Good question. Although a bright solar flair can increase the Sun's brightness very slightly, I think that the increase in reflected sunlight from the Moon would be negligible, at least unmeasurable.

David H. Levy

Solar "flares" are streams of both radiation and particles. Some of these strike Earth causing communication problems. Some also strike the Earth?s Moon.

Although I do not have specific data, it is unlikely that the impact of Solar flares would have a significant impact on the radiation in the VISIBLE part of the electromagnetic radiation (the small part we can see). None the less your inquiry is appropriate.

Vince Calder

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