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Sun & Moon During the Day?
Why can you see the sun and the moon in the sky at the same time? During the day time, it makes sense to see the sun, but not so much to see the moon. We can see the moon during the day for the same reason we see the moon at night. The surface of the moon is reflecting the sun’s light into our eyes. The moon is in the right spot in the sky to reflect enough light for it to be bright.
The moon can sometimes appear in the sky during the day time because it is the closest object to Earth. Because of its orbital cycle it means that sometimes it is brighter in the day than at night. An object can appear brighter when it is illuminated from directly behind the observer.
One side of the moon is constantly facing towards the Earth. We can tell where it is in it’s cycle around the Earth by which one of the eight phases it is in. Essentially the sun always illuminates only half of the moon. We see this from different angles. If none of its illuminated side is pointed towards Earth – we can’t see it.
The moon is at its brightest during a Full Moon because it is exactly opposite the Sun, which will next occur on February 27th.
Next time you are out in the parks, look up and see if the moon is shining as brightly as the sun. Enjoy the simple aluminum moon craft at the link below and don't forget to add your own astronauts to the picture, too. The sky is the limit!
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