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Why can we sometimes see the moon in the daytime?


A passenger plane cruises at 40,000 feet (12,000 meters), passing in front of the half moon. (Image credit: Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The moon’s presence in the night sky has transfixed people for millennia. But why is the moon sometimes visible during daylight?

We sometimes see the moon during the day for the same reason we see it at night — it is reflecting light from the sun — and its closeness to Earth makes it brighter than the daytime or nighttime sky. After the sun, the moon is by far the brightest celestial object we can see.

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