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Q. Why can we see the Moon in the daytime? — Bianca M.
A. The Moon revolves around the Earth each month. The Moon doesn't produce its own light, but looks bright because it reflects light from the Sun. Think of the Sun as a light bulb, and the Moon as a mirror, reflecting light from the light bulb toward Earth.

The time of day when the Moon moves above our horizon so you can see it is known as moonrise. The time when the Moon drops below the horizon and you can't see it anymore is moonset.

On some days, moonset can be during daytime hours. In other words, the Moon is above the horizon, in sight, and reflecting enough light for you to see it even in the bright daytime light from the Sun.

Here is a Web page that can produce a table of moonrise and moonset times for each day of the year where you live:
http://aa.usno.navy.mil/AA/data/  »»

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