Moonlight, according to wikipedia, has a wavelength of 4100 Kelvins (that's it's "light temperature" while Sunlight comes in between 5500 and 6000 Kelvins (overcast day is 6600K).
And that's where my understanding stops. I can quote that info, but can't make sense of it.
Moonlight, being reflected sunlight, should lose some of the wavelengths that the original sunlight has, right? Beyond registering as a different color to both sensors and the human eye, what other differences would there be between the two qualities of light?
And what does the whole Kelvin discussion mean?
Thanks for the help folks!
Googled: moonlight and sunlight spectrum, moonlight wavelengths, moonlight light spectrum - the real problem isn't finding hits but understanding the explanations i get when I *do* find those pages.
EDIT: OK - first, sorry I was MIA - the postings below are hugely helpful as a way to redirect my question from the deep weeds I wandered into. I knew my hard science was thin - it appears some of it is REALLY thin - and some just plain wrong. Thanks to all of you have pointed me in the right direction - some specific comments below :>.
2nd EDIT Here's what I'm really up to:
if you're eyes were good enough oooh, so if my non-humans had a broader range of light spectra it could see, could moonlight uncover symbols written in that spectra that couldn't otherwise be seen?
I need this:
So, I'm trying to create a tool that works differently in moonlight than sunlight that I'm trying to make sense of.
I want to have a carved spindle (carved from horn or stone, let's say) show more information in moonlight (additional symbols become visible) than in sunlight or shade (so something in the moonlight has to trigger it) - which means the missing wavelengths in the reflected light may be my only tool - are there others?
And yes, magic would work - but I want it to be science, not hand waving :>