Moon and Daylight Star
August 16, 2007
Where do the stars go during the day? They're still there of course but the bright blue daylight sky washes them out. Well, unless you have access to a small telescope. On May 23, 2007, the Moon passed close to Alpha Leonis or Regulus, which is the brightest star (apparent magnitude +1.34) in the constellation of Leo the Lion (lower right of photo). Click on image to enlarge. Using the Moon as a reference, for focus and position, it was possible to locate Regulus during the day both photographically and visually using a "backyard" telescope. Photo taken from Selsey, West Sussex, U.K.