Early January New Moon Spotting

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Early January New Moon Spotting
Posted by Centaur on Thursday, December 26, 2013 3:13 PM
  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. 

 

 http://www.curtrenz.com/NM081228.jpg

For astronomical graphics, including monthly wallpaper calendar, visit:

www.CurtRenz.com/astronomical


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Posted by Centaur on Saturday, December 28, 2013 1:28 PM
After sunset on January 2, the thin crescent Moon will occult magnitude +3.1 Beta Capricorni for some observers in western North America. There will be a graze in the Vancouver area. Preview data and graphics are on my occultations webpage: www.CurtRenz.com/occultations
  
For occultation or graze data specific to your location, please reply to this thread with a longitude, latitude, elevation and time zone. Descriptions and photos of the occultation would be welcome additions to this thread.

For astronomical graphics, including monthly wallpaper calendar, visit:

www.CurtRenz.com/astronomical


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Posted by DaveMitsky on Sunday, January 05, 2014 12:24 AM

The 9%-illuminated crescent Moon, along with prominent Earthshine, and the 2%-illuminated crescent Venus were quite picturesque on Friday evening. 

Dave Mitsky

Sic itur ad astra!

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A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.

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