Don’t Believe the Hype: “Daytime Moon” is a Myth

Artist’s rendering of the impossible occurrence

There has been an absolute glut of sensationalized articles over the past month about some sort of “daytime moon” that will be observable on June 3rd. These so-called “scientists” claim that the moon will be in the sky before it even gets dark. While that would certainly be an interesting event, it is impossible. It has been known for centuries that the moon is only visible at night.

If it were out in the day, it would be the sun and buddy, I don’t know about you but we already have a sun and it absolutely sucks. Here is a point-by-point dissection of the fake news talking points that have pervaded social media as of late:

Claim: even though it has never been seen during the day in our lifetime, the moon revolves around the earth at a rate unrelated to the day/ night cycle, making its daytime presence a possibility.

This is a fundamental misunderstanding of how the moon works. It comes out when it feels comfortable and it feels comfortable coming out at night.

Claim: it is not uncommon for the moon to be out during the day. 

Have you ever noticed that during the day, the “moon” is invariably the same color as the clouds that surround it? This is because what we’re actually seeing is the moon’s reflection in a conveniently-placed cirrus cloud.

Claim: I’ve seen it on cloudless days:

I guess that day wasn’t so cloudless after all, eh?

That’s about all I have to say to those and to any others who would slander the great goddess with these perverse, fan fiction-esque predictions based on fundamental astronomical misunderstandings. Now get off my site.

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