Is there a term (compound word or phrase would be acceptable) one could use to refer to either the Moon or the Sun depending on the time of day? Other than the big shiny thing in the sky.

I'd use it in a sentence like: "The Sun/Moon is green because..."

The Sun is a star and the Moon Earth's satellite so I can't say planet or star. They both emit strong light toward the Earth so maybe there's something about that.

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    They're both celestial bodies. – Hot Licks Jun 19 '19 at 21:13
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    The Moon does not emit any light, strong or weak or otherwise. It merely reflects light emitted by others. At any rate, I am not sure at all what you're trying to say with your sentence. It's either the Sun or the Moon you're talking about. So name it, then. What is the point of jumping through hoops to obscure its identity. I am quite puzzled. – RegDwigнt Jun 19 '19 at 21:26
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    @RegDwigнt The Moon does not emit any light, but it is the main source of natural light when it’s up, and by far the most prevalent celestial body – two features it shares with the Sun and with no other celestial body. I don’t see why it must be “either the Sun or the Moon you’re talking about” – as a concept, ‘the big shiny thing in the sky’ is quite clear and unambiguous, and I am quite puzzled that it puzzles you. I’m quite puzzled as to why it would be described as green, which neither the Sun nor the Moon is, but looking for a word to cover both seems perfectly reasonable to me. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jun 19 '19 at 22:34
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    @EdwinAshworth If the question “Is there an English term that subsumes the Sun and the Moon?” is not about English as described in the help centre, what do you consider it about? It is quite well-established that “is there a term for [notion]” is an on-topic type question to ask here. The question could include more details of prior research, but I cannot see any way this is not about English language and usage. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jun 19 '19 at 22:39
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    Twin cirques of gold and silver drawn / Both lamps of heav'n upon us shone. – tchrist Jun 19 '19 at 23:25

From the comments:

They're both celestial bodies. – Hot Licks

Try luminous orb. Of course the moon looks orb-like only when it is full, but we all know it is an orb. – ab2

Orb works perfectly in my case, and I'll try to describe it as a celestial body down the line to be extra clear what I'm talking about. – Halhex

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