Why Can I See the Moon During the Day?


Squeaks and I love looking up at the sky! Clouds, airplanes, the moon–there’s so
much to see! And one clever SciShow kid recently asked
us a really interesting question about the daytime sky. Eight-year-old Dausyn wants to know: Why can
I see the moon in the daytime? Great question, Dawson! It /does/ seem kind of strange — sometimes
we think of the moon as something you only see in the /night/ sky. But that’s not true! The moon is /always/ hanging around — sometimes
it’s out at night, and sometimes it’s out during the day — and much of the time,
it’s visible for parts of both the day /and/ the night! That’s because the moon is on the move — and
so is Earth! You know that our planet, the Earth, is spinning
around in place, kind of like a toy top. As it spins, half of it faces the sun and
half faces away from the sun. The part facing the sun gets the sun’s light
— and for that part of the world, it’s daytime! And the part facing away from the sun doesn’t
get any light — there, it’s nighttime! But things don’t stay like that for long. Because the earth is always spinning! And every time our planet spins all the way
around — that’s one day! OK, so the earth is always spinning, putting
different parts of the world through day and night — what’s the moon up to? The moon is also moving — it’s traveling
in a path /around/ the earth. We call this movement /orbiting./ And it takes about a month for the moon to
orbit the earth one time. So the earth is spinning … and the moon
is orbiting. But the most important part about why we can
/see/ the moon is … the sun! What? That’s right! The sun makes its own light, sending heat
and warmth to us here on earth. But the moon /doesn’t/. The only reason we can /see/ the moon is because
it’s also getting light from the sun. That light bounces off the moon and comes
down to us. So in order to see the moon, we have to see
the side of the moon that’s being lit up by the sun! Just like the earth, the sun only lights one
/half/ of the moon at a time. And since the earth is spinning and the moon
is orbiting, we see that lit-up half of the moon in different parts of the sky, and at
different times of the month. Sometimes, that lit-up side of the moon is
facing the night-time side of Earth, so people there can see the moon in their night sky. But as the moon slowly moves in its orbit
— day by day — it swings around so that more of its lighted half is facing the daytime
side of Earth… …and when /that/ happens, we can see the
moon during the day! Now, remember, it takes about a month for
the moon to go all the way around the earth. That means that for part of the month, you’ll
see the moon more in the daytime, and for the other part, you’ll see it more at night! And, maybe you’ve noticed when you look
up at the sky that the moon doesn’t always look like a big circle. Sometimes the moon looks like a cookie with
a bite taken out of it. Other times it looks like just a thin little
fingernail clipping. And sometimes it looks like a big round plate. But the moon /isn’t/ really changing shape,
it’s just very slowly moving around the Earth … … giving us different views of the side
of the moon that’s being lit up by the sun. So, if you’re a sky watcher — like Dawson,
and Squeaks, and me — then keep an eye out for the moon…during the day, and at night! And ask yourselves questions, just like Dawson
did: When do you see it during the daytime? And when can you see it mostly at night? And how does the moon’s shape seem to change
during the month? While you’re at it — if you see the moon,
take a picture and send it to us! We’d love to see it! Thanks for your awesome question, Dawson! If you have any questions about the stars
or the ocean or robots or monkeys or anything at all, ask an adult to help you leave a comment
below or email us at [email protected]

100 thoughts on “Why Can I See the Moon During the Day?

  • January 15, 2018 at 11:42 pm
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    what are the names of the contets-zoe

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  • January 18, 2018 at 10:58 am
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    What happens if there is no moon ?

    – vanshika

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  • January 26, 2018 at 7:48 am
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    The earth is flat Dausyn thats Y U C the Moon in the day!!!

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  • January 27, 2018 at 3:27 am
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    I see the moon in the day every day

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  • January 28, 2018 at 9:02 pm
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    I like looking at the moon with my teloscope

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  • January 30, 2018 at 11:38 pm
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    What about a solar eclipse if the moon is orbit is a month?that means a solar eclipse is a month when a solar eclipse is a decade a decade is 10 years

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  • January 31, 2018 at 2:50 am
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    Nasa's Rockets, spacecraft, satellite and etc.. VS Flat earthers BALLONπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  • February 3, 2018 at 6:44 pm
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    It is changing shape and the moon is visible in the daytime is because the earth is flat

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  • February 7, 2018 at 3:23 pm
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    who the f is Dawson

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  • February 8, 2018 at 2:55 am
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    Why do stars twinkle
    -sabina

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  • February 11, 2018 at 7:26 am
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    Wait but the moon does give off it's own light though…

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  • March 4, 2018 at 6:05 pm
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    What drugs is she on lol

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  • March 5, 2018 at 10:12 pm
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    Hey teacher.. so if the moon is present during the day in my place so it's mean the moon was not there in the other side of my world!? I can't remember a moonless night… Please help.. πŸ™

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  • March 6, 2018 at 7:11 pm
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    How does the blood moon appear?

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  • March 10, 2018 at 4:44 pm
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    What was the reason the planet Pluto got destroyed

    – vanshika

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  • March 15, 2018 at 5:17 am
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    Nope

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  • March 18, 2018 at 11:02 pm
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    was listening until she mentioned Earth spinning lol!!! does she really believe that?>

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  • March 22, 2018 at 10:20 am
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    so then the people on the other side of the earth how will they see the moon if it's looking diagonal to us so at night sometimes the other countries don't see a moon

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  • March 24, 2018 at 8:20 am
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    She proved my point …. The earth is flat moron

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  • March 28, 2018 at 12:12 am
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    I'm an adult and I'm ashamed to not know some of this information seen in this video
    It's Awesome btw

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  • March 30, 2018 at 6:56 pm
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    My question is how can I see a full moon during the day

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  • April 3, 2018 at 11:53 am
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    I have a question why does wolf sometime scream at nighti
    Me

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  • April 4, 2018 at 4:21 pm
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    Are there more dwarf planets Luyando 9 years

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  • April 4, 2018 at 7:22 pm
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    Usually when someone says "The Earth's shadow causes the lunar phases", chances are they are a flat earther who constantly misrepresent the globe earth.

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  • April 9, 2018 at 12:20 am
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    The only way that what she is saying can be true is if there is parts of the earth where the moon cannot be seen at night. As you know, when it is night time, you can always look up and see the moon shining bright. But if the moon is orbiting around the earth and sometimes, is at the part of the earth where it is day time, then that means that people on the part of the earth where it is night time would not be able to look up and see the moon because it would be on the day time side if the earth. They would have to be able to look through the earth to see the moon. Has there ever been a night when you couldn't look up and see the moon?

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  • April 14, 2018 at 4:27 am
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    How many ways dose the earth turn?

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  • April 14, 2018 at 4:02 pm
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    For some reason the way she talks I find it annoying, I'm literally like, " Shut up already!" Lol

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  • April 16, 2018 at 12:52 pm
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    so the other day I saw a full moon out in the day time..well almost a full moon..but its a hard one to wrap your head around.

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  • April 17, 2018 at 12:41 pm
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    All children that look this up need to search up flat Earth and abyssal planes

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  • April 22, 2018 at 2:21 pm
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    Ive never not seen the moon at night though

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  • April 28, 2018 at 3:41 am
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    I thought it was because the moon was falling to earth, lol

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  • April 28, 2018 at 11:39 am
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    Oh in the Philippines the moon it's always there

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  • May 7, 2018 at 1:34 pm
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    Please explain a half moon in the day. Lol lies. This is ridiculous

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  • May 8, 2018 at 2:46 am
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    So in other words it's parts of the world that don't see the moon at night, tf out of here with that explanation

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  • May 12, 2018 at 12:58 pm
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    Can you see the sun in the nighttime I know you can see it in the daytime

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  • May 25, 2018 at 9:42 pm
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    slow down

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  • May 28, 2018 at 1:59 am
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    Look kids, this lady does not know what she is talking about. The moon is a light source for the night and the sun does not light the moon up. Here is a little experiment you can do to verify this. Take a thermometer outside during a full moon. Set the thermometer in the night time shade during a full moon and let it sit for a little while then write the temperature down. Next, set the thermometer so the moon light is now shining on the thermometer, leave it set for the same amount of time you let it set in the shade. Notice kids, the thermometer will show that in the shade during a full moon it will be warmer then it is when sitting in the moon light. If the sun was reflecting its light off of the moon and down onto our earth it would be warmer in the light then it will be in the shade, just like during the day when it's always cooler in the shade. So ask yourself how is this possible? Then go to your science teacher and ask them why the moon light is colder then the moon shade and demand an answer.

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  • June 6, 2018 at 2:52 am
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    The real question is have you ever seen a night without the moon? Then the next best question to you is when we see the sun and the moon together in daylight how can people who are aperantly upside down on the other side of the ball how can they see the moon at night?

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  • June 20, 2018 at 9:42 am
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    Can you explain why our oceans/seas are affected by the Moon creating tides and doesnt affect our lakes? Thanks.

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  • July 3, 2018 at 11:43 pm
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    Hi I am Charlotte and I'm from Washington I'm 6 years old I love you so much πŸ’˜β€πŸ’“πŸ’–πŸ’•πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’•πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’“β€πŸ’˜πŸ’“πŸ’•πŸ˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜—πŸ˜™πŸ˜šπŸ˜šπŸ˜™πŸ˜—πŸ˜˜πŸ˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜—

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  • July 24, 2018 at 3:06 pm
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    How come I can see the sky through the moon in the day time

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  • August 11, 2018 at 2:44 pm
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    The reason we can’t see the moon sometimes is because it’s Alien spacecraft. The aliens turn on the cloaking device for surface repairs.

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  • September 16, 2018 at 6:27 am
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    Why is iron strong

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  • September 20, 2018 at 11:21 am
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    That didn't explain anything u red head devil! Just explain the full moon process nothing to do with how people from the other side of a. "Round" earth can see the moon during their day time if it's suppose to be on the other side of the world.

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  • September 22, 2018 at 3:59 am
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    What about full moon in day time ?

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  • October 24, 2018 at 12:57 pm
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    I have a question why do we see stars only in the night time

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  • October 25, 2018 at 2:21 pm
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    How can the astronauts stand up when it is moving? -Raquel First Grade, South Carolina

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  • October 25, 2018 at 2:25 pm
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    Why does the moon have spaces between it? -Kathryn First Grade, South Carolina
    Why does the moon look like it's moving when you drive at night? -Quindasha First Grade South Carolina

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  • October 30, 2018 at 4:32 pm
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    False false!!

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  • November 2, 2018 at 4:58 am
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    @:28 why am I not surprised.

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  • November 2, 2018 at 5:40 pm
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    O cool I and my friends saw it in sky the moon

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  • November 24, 2018 at 3:37 pm
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    Please note when your animations are "not to scale". Or even better, please make them to scale. The moon is ~30x earths away from the Earth. It matters because if you draw it so close the earth and moon would block each other's light all the time, so the model is confusing for young minds.

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  • December 2, 2018 at 10:33 pm
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    1:47

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  • December 4, 2018 at 2:38 pm
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    Why can't we feel the earth moving? – question from Wes, 1st grade, NC

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  • December 24, 2018 at 12:36 am
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    I'll do her. Just to calm her down.

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  • December 24, 2018 at 5:40 am
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    How can 1Great White Shark 🦈 eat another Great White Shark 🦈?

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  • December 28, 2018 at 5:39 pm
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    more bulloni

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  • January 20, 2019 at 9:39 pm
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    My daughter Rowan wants to say that we love these and also requests an episode about cryptids–namely Bigfoot!

    Thanks!

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  • January 22, 2019 at 3:32 pm
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    Some times I can see the moon in the morning !

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  • January 26, 2019 at 10:30 pm
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    wow!

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  • February 15, 2019 at 8:04 am
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    Wheres the moon when its no present at all for 3 nights a month before the new moon…

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  • February 21, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    I saw the moon Now in the morning

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  • February 25, 2019 at 11:11 pm
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    make a video about robots

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  • February 26, 2019 at 1:09 am
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    my question is how many cups of coffee did you drink before you filmed this video

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  • March 18, 2019 at 2:31 pm
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    Why kids need this much of excitement on this Earth..
    because they are kids not adult morons.

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  • March 27, 2019 at 6:05 am
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    In theory…

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  • March 30, 2019 at 9:12 pm
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    I hate how she explains it
    Its too fast

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  • March 31, 2019 at 12:06 am
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    This information is for kinder garden kids . Don’t forget they will grow up and make their own search . Cheers everyone

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  • April 3, 2019 at 2:25 am
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    Someone explain this to me:
    The Earth is spinning itself, while spinning around the Sun, which itself is spinning out into space! Do I have that correct? If so, why do I continuously see the same Stars in the sky season after season?

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  • April 14, 2019 at 6:19 am
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    How far is the moon

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  • April 19, 2019 at 11:52 pm
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    More Science B.S.!!!

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  • April 21, 2019 at 11:39 pm
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    How did we came to the Earth?

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  • May 6, 2019 at 10:08 pm
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    Nothing she said is what we see on Earth. You can see a full moon in broad daylight right next to the sun. That shouldn't be possible according to her model. People need to realize that this heliocentric model taught in school is actually a deliberate lie to throw people off from the geocentric model. Which is actually how are earth works. The reason we can see the moon illuminated when it shouldn't be is because it's actually producing its own light. All we have to do is watch the mood for a few days to observe that. The moon has a perfect 28 day cycle and it has absolutely nothing to do with the sun. I think this lady actually believes this too.

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  • May 11, 2019 at 2:11 pm
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    It's not possible to see a full moon during the day, and yet we do. I guess that means there are 2 suns in the sky: one facing the earth the other facing the moon.

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  • May 12, 2019 at 10:47 pm
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    This is ridiculous and is totally misinformed.

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  • May 13, 2019 at 12:45 am
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    How much meth did she smoke??? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  • May 14, 2019 at 9:24 pm
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    sorry, but you look really, like, stoopid. might be the looks, but i wouldnt trust u puppysitting my dog for an evening..

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  • May 16, 2019 at 12:32 am
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    One time I saw a banana moon at night

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  • May 17, 2019 at 2:26 pm
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    But since we're taught that it takes 30 days for the moon to rotate around the earth, there would be a whole lot of moonless nights in the sky according to your model. Also, fail… the moon does have its own light which is cool light and the sun has its own light which is hot. Inverse relationship. And the earth spins like a toy top…? Unreal and not what we observe or experience. Unlearn the lies!!

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  • May 19, 2019 at 2:30 pm
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    How dare you indoctrinate these kids with Jesuit heliocentric nonsense. Earth does not move. Check the Michelson-Morley experiment. Stop brainwashing children and let them use their senses and pure science. There is no scientific proof for movement and/or curvature. Earth is flat. Old civilizations knew this. You are only repeating 500 year old theories that have never been proven. Shame on you.

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  • May 19, 2019 at 5:40 pm
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    the earth is flat

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  • May 20, 2019 at 4:00 am
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    God this woman is annoying, but i bet shes great in the sack.

    P.s. the earth is not flat you morons.

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  • May 21, 2019 at 2:15 am
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    Why did so many flat earthers decide to comment on the video, I do realise it’s for kids to learn and if that’s your mental capacity I’m sorry no offence meant, but can we not have profanity on a comment section of a video for children.

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:43 pm
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    Why dont we get monthly echlipses

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  • May 30, 2019 at 11:40 am
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    She’s a great example of your brain on drugs!!!

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  • June 15, 2019 at 4:01 am
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    The earth is flat and stable. Learn the truth.

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  • June 15, 2019 at 7:22 am
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    Not to sound dense but, I get that the sun's light is reflecting off the moon, and that's why we see it in the daytime, but is that also why we see the moon at night? Is the sun's light reflecting off the moon at night, too?

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  • June 27, 2019 at 4:22 am
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    If I see the moon all day everyday and night when does Australians ever see it based on the lies of nasa

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  • July 3, 2019 at 2:19 am
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    Nice presentation – thank you.

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  • July 11, 2019 at 10:06 pm
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    Then we should have more eclipse of the sun

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  • July 14, 2019 at 1:03 am
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    This a whole lie. They never thought us this in school. This just started happening a few years ago

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  • August 1, 2019 at 5:58 am
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    Me: watching this in the eight grade

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  • August 8, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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    I feel like they are lying ..

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  • August 20, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    How many days we can't see moon in a month???

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  • August 24, 2019 at 4:04 am
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    Have yall ever thought that the earth can be flat thats why we see the moon during daylight

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  • September 3, 2019 at 5:21 am
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    Love that intro music

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  • September 12, 2019 at 3:50 am
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    The earth is not still it is moving at 66, 000 miles an hour

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  • September 12, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    The earth is flat that why ,,

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  • September 13, 2019 at 10:09 pm
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    It dont spin in place, the royal knowers say its going at 666 hundred mph. Well if that grey dust ball mirror reflects sun light why does it not give a hot light? We always see the same side of the moon, perfect spin match in heaven. Just as the sun is….

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