Did you ever see the moon during the day and wondered why?
This morning, while driving to work I was surprised to see a luminous object setting far in the horizon and I pondered for a second thinking: Is that the sun rising?
Well it wasn’t, it was actually the moon which we normally are only used to seeing at night; In the morning also, even with a bright shining sun, it is very possible to see the moon.
Here is the explanation:
The first reason is that the moon is the nearest celestial object to the earth and with it moving in its orbit it can reach different distances from the earth, when the moon reaches the closest proximity to the earth is when it can become visible to us during the day.
The other reason is the fact that the moon is not a star but a reflective object that mirrors anything that surrounds it, when the new moon approaches, meaning the rebirth of the lunar cycle marking the closest distance with the sun and so becoming highly reflective of light is when visibility from the earth becomes the highest. Inversely it’s the same phenomenon that explains why the moon does not show at night when the lunar cycle is at it’s beginning.