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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Daytime Moon

The sun isn't the only thing shining in the sky lately - the moon has been out during the day. I looked up info on the phenomenon, and this is what I found:

When the Moon is full, and at its brightest, it sits directly opposite the Sun in the sky, which means it is below the horizon while the Sun is up. The New Moon rises during the day, but sits too close to the Sun to be seen. It sets at night, which is why the night sky is dark during the New Moon. It’s only as the Moon gets close to its quarter phases that the conditions are ideal for it to be seen during the day. That is, it is bright enough, far enough away from the Sun to be seen, and rises or sets during daylight hours. When all of these conditions come together, and when the sky is clear enough, the Moon becomes visible during the daytime.

Dedicated to fellow blogger Klaus Peter of Skywatch Friday.

16 comments:

fredamans said...

That is beautiful!

JoJo said...

Great shot! Although I must confess the first thing that came to my mind was the unfinished Death Star as seen from the surface of Endor. lol

Sylvia K said...

Gorgeous capture and wonderful composition for the day! Hope you have a great weekend!

Sylvia

EG Wow said...

Lovely shot and thank you for the astronomy lesson. :))

Eaglesbrother said...

Ahhh tall Pines, Blue sky, and a moon too..what more could one ask for.

clairz said...

Mmm, lovely.

anemonen said...

Beautiful sky Love the moon in the photo

Pearl Maple said...

great photo of a day time moon between the trees, thanks for sharing with SWF

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

Wonderful capture!

Jidhu Jose said...

nice shot
happy SWF

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LV said...

I have always found it strange how you could see the moon in the daylight. I see it really well here at times.

Kim, USA said...

I like daytime moon, it's beautiful when you look at it.

SWF

Gale said...

We saw a beautiful huge moon over the mountains on our recent trip to California. I hadn't gotten that one off my camera yet when I did this week's sky watch, so possibly next week I'll post that one.

Arija said...

The gentle moon floats in the blue, how apt.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Nice composition in your photo.

Regards!

gtyyup said...

Beautiful capture...and thanks for the info; I'd always wondered about that.