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It’s nearly time for my monthly naked-eye New Moon spotting challenge, which becomes much easier for observers north of the tropics after the time of the winter solstice. The young Moon will appear north of the ecliptic which is also helpful. So is its enhanced speed while near perigee. Especially lucky and sharp-eyed North Americans might be able to sight the half-day-old Moon after sunset on January 1. Others should find the search more rewarding during the next evening.
My more detailed article describing the waxing crescent Moon’s first appearance of the coming lunar month appears under the links for my preview graphics at www.CurtRenz.com/moon
Photos and descriptions of the young Moon would be welcome additions to this thread. Please include your location, date and time with zone.
Below is a photo that I shot from Arlington Heights, Illinois of the Moon aged 1.4 days on 2008 DEC 28 at 17:05 CST. Mercury appears near the center of the photo while Venus is at the top.
Post by Paulie pchris00 on Dec 30, 2013 19:30:07 GMT -6
I was really looking forward to this, but the forecast for Wednesday isn't looking good. If it changes, however, and any of the crew would like to join me, I was planning on getting out to Conway Observatory in the afternoon for solar observing, then taking advantage of the wide open horizon to spot the young Moon.
"Just a boy, just an ordinary boy, but he was looking to the sky." -Vanessa Carlton