|Dateline: Stormwind. 12.25pm. A Mysterious Object is spotted in the sky...|
Apologies to those of you who don't like the Lore, but there's going to be a fair amount of Proposition Safaris in the weeks that follow. You can blame Blizzard for actually wanting to release 5.4 complete in early September :D
My interest today concerns the celestial body shown above, which is referred to as The Blue Child. It is Azeroth's second moon: the larger one (known as the White Lady) is the body worshipped by the Night Elves as Elune. If you'd like to know more, WoW Insider very helpfully provided the back story about the same time it permanently re-appeared in the night sky, back before Mists began. I've spent an awful lot of time in Stormwind since that point, and this is honestly the first time I remember seeing the moon in what constitutes daylight. Of course, in the real world such occurrences are normal too.
The moon is highly reflective and close to the Earth so it is very visible both day and night. Its orbit increases its visibility because the Moon gets close to the sun towards the beginning of the lunar cycle as travels around the sky. So it increases visibility during the day.