Janet Miles, CAP-OM (janetmiles) wrote,
Janet Miles, CAP-OM

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?

crossposted to LJ and FaceBook

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