Is there a dark side of the moon?

As a final note, the term “dark side” stated earlier is a bit of misnomer. The “dark side” refers to the side of the Moon facing away from us, and is called that because many people mistakenly think that it never sees any light from the sun. This notion results from a misinterpretation of the fact that it is never illuminated from our perspective on Earth. In fact, since the Moon is constantly rotating on its own axis, there is no area of the Moon that is permanent dark. The only time that the Moon can be completely dark is during a full Moon, which as discussed earlier only potentially happens during a full Moon when the Earth is between the Moon and sun.