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The Dark Side of the Moon… in the Daytime

Have you ever looked up in the sky…

Moon

… And wondered why you can’t see the dark side of the moon in the daytime?

Dark Side of the Moon

I bet Andrew, Tom, Anthony, or Canspice can give me a reasonable explanation.

I understand the sun is on that side etc… but why can’t I at least see the round black dark side of the moon in the daytime?

7 Responses

  1. I think this question is similar to the question “Why isn’t the sky black at night?” Sunlight is scattered and mostly absorbed by the atmosphere except for the blue light resulting in the color of the sky. With so much light being scattered about in the sky, it takes something very bright in space for us to be able to see it (literally) in the light of day. Among such things would include the Sun itself, the bright side of the moon, and the occasional supernova. Since the dark side of the moon is, well, dark, there isn’t enough light to shine through the blue sky so we see the portion of the moon that is reflecting sunlight and see blue sky everywhere else.

    • Thanks Mike for further explanation.

      I guess I should have paid more attention when I was getting my free education with 5 days a week.

      • That should have read “Why isn’t the sky black in the daytime?” (That’s what happens when I decide to write a response at 1 am.)

        Nevertheless, thanks for posing (and posting) such an intriguing question.

    • Jupiter and Venus can also be seen in the daytime sky if conditions are right.

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