How dim is dim? Precision of the celestial compass in moonlight and sunlight.

@article{Dacke2011HowDI,
  title={How dim is dim? Precision of the celestial compass in moonlight and sunlight.},
  author={Marie Dacke and Marcus J Byrne and Emily Baird and Clarke H. Scholtz and Eric J Warrant},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  year={2011},
  volume={366 1565},
  pages={697-702}
}
Prominent in the sky, but not visible to humans, is a pattern of polarized skylight formed around both the Sun and the Moon. Dung beetles are, at present, the only animal group known to use the much dimmer polarization pattern formed around the Moon as a compass cue for maintaining travel direction. However, the Moon is not visible every night and the intensity of the celestial polarization pattern gradually declines as the Moon wanes. Therefore, for nocturnal orientation on all moonlit nights… CONTINUE READING
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