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I know I'm a day early for the true New Moon, but the view I had this morning of the thin waning crescent was pretty neat. Approximately 5:45AM I made my usual morning stroll to get my newspaper, this time leaving my trusty 15x70 binos behind since the weather is cloudy and threatening rain with the approach of an early season (for us in Louisiana anyway) cold front. As expected there wasn't a star to be seen in the clouds. But I did notice a white glow in the east that was obviously not attributable to morning twilight. The color was way too pale. As I watched for a moment the light seemed to brighten and grow smaller in diameter. when it brightened enough I could see the cloud cover was moving very swiftly across the sky in a SW to NE direction. Then a small gap appeared and although very hazy and diffuse there was the sliver of Moon that I know was the source of the white light. I only wish I had the opportunity to snap a picture or better yet a short video of this scene as it was very ethereal. But almost as swiftly as it appeared the cloud cover thickened again and it was gone. A repeat would probably be out of the question as an orangish glow of the impending dawn was now starting to become more of Mother Nature's idea of light pollution.
Hope all of you do better tomorrow!
Denham Springs, Louisiana USA
"Second star to the right - Then straight on until morning!" - Peter Pan
Celestron CPC1100GPS (XLT) - 279mm aperature, 2800mm Focal length. (f10) Celestron Ultima LX (70deg AFOV) Eyepieces 32mm thru 5mm, Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR, Backyard EOS imaging software, Orion Star Shoot Planetary Imager IV, Celestron Skymaster 15x70 binoculars
Thanks, Chris, for your fine description of your view of the Old Moon. It's great that you had such an interesting view. I hope it turns out just as well for you with the New Moon next week.
Venus and the three-and-a-half-day-old crescent Moon certainly made for a picturesque pair in yesterday evening's western sky. The Moon was illuminated 15% and Venus 46% and the two were a bit more than 6 degrees apart at the time.
Sic itur ad astra!
Chance favors the prepared mind.
A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.
I did see the Moon and Venus last night as I left work and it made a mighty fine pair. I wound up missing the very bright fireball last night by about 15 minutes though! I also observed the Moon and Venus the night before (November 5). The Moon was actually easy to see well above the horizon. I took some pictures but thanks to a crazy work schedule I have been unable to process them. I will post one when I can.
A nebula in the eyepiece is worth two in the Atlas.
Interesting... I saw another HUGE long-lived fireball Tuesday morning around 5:30. I stretd out around the border of Orion and Canis Major near Sirius and travelled almost due north nearly to Ursa Major.
One of the brightest, slowest, long-lived meteors I've ever seen. At one point it appeared to break into 2 pieces just before it snuffed out. I almost felt I could hear a sonic boom, but I couldn't really say that the sound wasn't from the traffic on I-12 about 2 miles away from me.
A sweet treat for breakfast!
The young waxing moon images I took earlier this week were awful. Here is the best of the lot:
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