Daytime Moon

September 26, 2004

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Referred by: Johnny Holland
Summary authors & editors: Jim Foster; Johnny Holland

The photo above showing a coy, gibbous Moon was taken from Taft, Texas on August 4, 2004 -- 4 days after a full Moon. Though many people are surprised to see the Moon during the daylight hours, the crescent, quarter and gibbous phases are often visible during the day. It's noteworthy that the gibbous Moon is visble more often than the other phases. Because the Sun so overwhelms the Moon (the Sun is about 445,000 times brighter than the full Moon) once it's above the horizon, our lonely satellite is hard to spot during its traverse across the sunlit sky.

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