reply to post by Deaf Alien
Regardless, we all understand the refraction of the Earth's atmosphere, relative to the Sun being above the horizon, and 'washing out' the
People seem to forget that nearby planets, such as VENUS, are nevertheless visible, from Earth, when the Sun is 'up'.
Yes, the Earth's atmosphere has the effect, because of the Sun's dominance, when above the horizon, of making it ineffectual to see the far, far
dimmer (by comparison) distant stars.
Compare to accounts during Total Solar Eclipses....when the 'stars' came out.
Compare, also, to the Human Eye, and its iris, and HOW the eye works, in bright light.
Consider the 'night adaptation' phenomenon, as it relates to the Human eye.
UNDERSTAND, please, what all of that means, when applied to the ability of the Human eye to adjust, after looking at a landscape (or moonscape) that
is brightly lit, then casting eyes upward, to attempt to pick out individual (and, again, by comparison, VERY dim) stars....
AT night, on Earth....use the simple example of looking at a bright light, THEN trying to spot stars in the sky.
MOST people comprehend this implicitly.