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IPFS News Link • Space Travel and Exploration

Weekend Plans? Try Spotting Jupiter in Daylight

Have you ever seen Jupiter in daylight?
This weekend, you just might get your chance.

Very few people have, but you could get an opportunity to join those elite ranks on Sunday (April 14). On that date, the moon will pass close to Jupiter, and can be used to locate the planet in the daytime sky.

Although the daytime sky looks like an unbroken blue blanket on a clear, sunny day, it is actually just as transparent in daylight as it is on a dark night. The difference is that much of the sunlight is scattered by the air molecules in our atmosphere, called Rayleigh scattering.