Saturday, November 8, 2014

Sunset sky

20141006_183134_resized as Smart Object-1

I work in Torrance, about 20 miles southwest of Downey. A week or so ago, I went outside to check on something, and I was greeted with this beautiful sky. It took me a minute to notice the moon was there, shining through the clouds. I know I've seen this before, but it made me wonder why I could see the moon while it was still light out.

According to, two things contribute to the moon being visible in daylight. First, it is bright enough that its light penetrates the scattered blue light of the sky. If you're looking at exactly the right spot with a telescope, you can also see the planets Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter in daylight, plus a few of the brightest stars (though few casual observers can actually pull this off). Secondly, the moon must be high enough in the sky to be visible.

I just appreciate the beauty of the sky and the moon.

"I've never seen a moon in the sky that, if it didn't take my breath away, at least misplaced it for a moment." 
~ Colin Farrell

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thanks for your comments! Due to the constant spamming, we can no longer accept anonymous comments, but we hope you'll log in and let us know what you think.