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Originally posted by 5Lostboy5
The moon shines because the SUN REFLECTS OFF OF IT ... MANY TIMES the WORLD IS ACTUALLY COVERING IT UP .... MANY TIMES THE CLOUDS ARE COVERING IT UP ..... Mainly that last one ... but any how ... WoW .. How old are you ?
Originally posted by Off_The_Street
It doesn't matter whether or not it's day or night, the Moon shones the same way all the time: becaue it's reflecting the light of the Sun.
Usually we don't notice it in the daytime, buecause its glow (like that of planets and stars) is obscured by the glare of the daylight sky. But if the sky is dark enough (like late in the afternon or early in the morning, or if the sky is partly overcast) you will see the moon shining.
Typically, you will see the daytime Moon when it's full or near to full, for two reasons:
1. The full Moon reflects more light and thus has a better chance of being noticed thatn a half- or quarter Moon; and
2. the closer the Moon gets to the New phase (either waxing or waning) the closer it gets to the position of the Sun and is thus lost in the Sun's glare.