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The upcoming lunation will present the finest opportunity this year for North Americans to possibly spot the New Moon significantly less than one day old. The timing of the conjunction, season of the year, and northerly celestial latitude will all be favorably combined. Those who do spot the thin crescent after sunset on January 23 will see a rare (outside the tropics) lunar boat, i.e. a U-shaped Moon.
My more detailed description can be found well beneath the links to my preview graphics at: www.CurtRenz.com/moon
Photos and descriptions of the young Moon would be welcome additions to this thread. Please include the location, date, time and time zone.
Below is the photo of my earliest New Moon sighting. It was taken from Arlington Heights, Illinois when it was aged 21:47 hrs on 2007 MAR 19 at 19:30 CDT, which was 27 minutes after sunset and 40 minutes before moonset.
Last Edit: Jan 20, 2012 20:05:40 GMT -6 by Centaur
Taken Jan 24 20112 at about 6:18pm. At first I can barely locate it then suddenly it came out and stayed out for about 10 minutes before it hide back behind those clouds. Would be nice if it stayed out longer. Oh well ...
Nice photos and descriptions, folks. Thanks for sharing. Glad you got to see the fairly young Moon, although I haven't received any reports from Monday when lifetime personal records might have been set. Of course the clouds that evening shut us out locally. Next month we Chicagolanders will have another shot at a lunar boat, this time a little more than a day old. Info and preview graphics are already on my lunar webpage: www.CurtRenz.com/moon