It’s a quandary for the ages, a question we’ve tossed around here at Paper Shop for quite some time. And on the anniversary of the Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon dropping out of the Billboard top 200 on October 8, 1988 after 741 weeks (that’s over 14 years!), we decided that it was time to stop mooning about this automotive feature and find an answer, one way or another.

What is the difference between a sunroof and a moon roof?

The terms are often used interchangeably, but there is a technical difference. A sunroof is any panel on the roof of a vehicle that opens to let in light and air. While a sunroof is typically made of solid (not see-through) material, a moon roof is generally a sliding glass panel. So, yes, a moon roof is a kind of sunroof.  And it occurs to us now that the proverbial dark side of the moon roof? Would be a sunroof. And not a moon roof at all.