Why we sometimes see the moon and the sun at the same time?

27/01/2022

Why do we see the Sun and the Moon in the sky at the same time? You may have heard at school or elsewhere that the moon comes only at night and the sun only during the day, but it is largely not true. The sun and the moon are always in the sky, even if we see them in different places in the sky, but they are always there. 

We will usually see the Sun during the day because it is brighter than the Moon and we will usually see the Moon at night, because most of the light from the Moon comes from the Sun reflected by parts of the Moon's surface, touched by the light of the Sun. As the Sun is usually "on" the other side of the Earth, then the light is reflected in the Moon. 

The moon, the sun and the rest of the stars are always in the sky, but often we cannot see them due to their very small brightness compared to others. This does not mean that we cannot see any celestial bodies other than the dominant one. There are days when the moon can be seen very clearly with the naked eye in the sky. 

In a video presented by InsideScience, you can see what the whole day-night process is.

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 27 January 2022, at 11:30 pm Los Angeles time

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