It’s nearly time for my monthly naked-eye New Moon spotting challenge, which has become far easier for observers north of the tropics since we’ve moved past the winter solstice. The waxing crescent Moon riding north of the ecliptic and near perigee are also helpful. North Americans experiencing clear skies should be able to sight the one-day-old Moon after sunset on January 31. Many observers may set personal records.
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.