I was walking up to my cabin in the middle of the night recently when there was a New Moon. I shut off my flashlight for a minute and it was so incredibly dark that I couldn’t make out the ground and couldn’t tell the driveway from the forest. It was unreal.
And if you stick around for another 10 min or so you can start to see everything around you with just starlight. So cool!
And have you noticed that moonlight is actually silvery?
Yaaa! It is neat! That’s actually because of how our eyes work. We have both cone and rod photoreceptors in our retinas. Rods are responsible for low light vision but don’t resolve color. Cones are what resolve color for our retina but they don’t work well in low light.
The result is essentially “silvery” black and white vision at night.