May 6th, 2013

academia

Two bits

1. I am no longer on vacation, but apparently my brain is. I just picked up a photocopy that I just made and turned it over to see if there was more information on the other side. (Yes, I know about double-sided copies.)


2. I came back to work to find a stack of forms on my desk with a note from my manager. "Janet, Please do whatever you do with these. Thanks, Jean." I guess I'd better document that process, yes?
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AKICILJ: Astronomy question

It's possible and easy to see the waxing moon in daylight. It's apparently not possible, or anyway very difficult to see the waning moon in daylight, according to a friend.

He writes, "Corollary to that request: I understand that the last few days of the waning crescent phase have the (minimally lit) moon too close to the sun to be distinguishable; it's the earlier days, particularly while the moon is still in waning gibbous, that confuse me as to my inability to find it in the daytime sky during any of the daylight hours prior to moonset (which times I verify with the US Naval Observatory website)."

Why would this be the case?

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