Early March New Moon Spotting - Lunar Boat

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Early March New Moon Spotting - Lunar Boat
Posted by Centaur on Monday, February 24, 2014 9:58 AM
It’s nearly time for my monthly naked-eye New Moon spotting challenge, which becomes relatively easy for observers north of the tropics now that we’re near the time of the vernal equinox. The waxing crescent Moon riding north of the ecliptic while near perigee is also helpful. Sharp-eyed North Americans experiencing clear skies might be lucky enough to sight the less than a day old Lunar Boat (U-shaped Moon) after sunset on March 1. Some observers may set personal records. Most folks, however, are likely to have better luck on March 2.
   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 21:47 hr on 2007 MAR 19 at 19:30 CDT. A personal record.

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  • Member since
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  • From: Southern California near Disneyland
Posted by Silveradogold on Monday, February 24, 2014 10:58 PM

Thank you Centaur,

My fiancee and I will try to keep an eye out for it.

Clear Skies ----- Silveradogold Cool


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Posted by DaveMitsky on Tuesday, March 04, 2014 12:26 AM

I wasn't able to see the young March Moon until Monday evening.  Displaying prominent Earthshine, it was quite a fine sight.

Dave Mitsky

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