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CentaurZ

January New Moon Spotting

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It’s nearly time for my monthly New Moon spotting challenge. I use the term New Moon in its classical sense of one’s first sighting of the Moon after its conjunction with the Sun (Dark Moon). Some sharp-eyed North Americans might want to attempt spotting the one-day-old Moon after sunset on Sunday, January 6. Other observers should have better luck during the following evening.

 Photos and descriptions of the young crescent Moon this month would be welcome additions to this thread.

 

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I will be keeping an eye out for this over the weekend.  I've always neglected the moon but it's an object I want to get into a lot more this year...

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I’d love to give it a go but we seem to have permacloud at the moment :(

 

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Had clear skies last night but heavens above showed the moon being only 1%.

I'm pretty sure that would put it too close to 'Big Red' to be visual for me. 

Going to try tonight again.

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A delicate sighting earlier - was picking my daughter up from her nursery and the park had an unobstructed view to the SW. I'd checked setting times a few days ago for yesterday and today so I new the rough window I had. I realised the time and looked across - took a bit of hunting but there she was in plain sight - slender, but glinting through the fading sunset. I shared it with a couple of bystanders. :)

I'd never have thought to look if it wasn't for this thread, thanks!

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4 minutes ago, furrysocks2 said:

A delicate sighting earlier - was picking my daughter up from her nursery and the park had an unobstructed view to the SW. I'd checked setting times a few days ago for yesterday and today so I new the rough window I had. I realised the time and looked across - took a bit of hunting but there she was in plain sight - slender, but glinting through the fading sunset. I shared it with a couple of bystanders. :)

I'd never have thought to look if it wasn't for this thread, thanks!

You're welcome. Thank you for your fine report. I'm so glad that you, your daughter and new friends got to view the pretty sight of a less than two-day-old Moon. 

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