It’s a challenge every month to spot the New Moon after sunset by naked eye (or eyeglasses) as early as possible. I use the term New Moon in its classical sense of one’s first sighting of the Moon after its monthly solar conjunction (Dark Moon). The Dark Moon (which some call New Moon) will be in geocentric longitudinal conjunction with the Sun on 2019 APR 05 at 08:50 UT (03:50 CDT).
Sighting a young crescent Moon is normally easiest during the months surrounding the Vernal Equinox. However in early April this year the young crescent Moon will be well south of the ecliptic, which creates a hindrance. Most observers will have to wait for the nearly two-day-old Moon on April 6. See my New Moon Spotting graphics listed above.
Also above is a link to a panorama including all Diana’s Bows in 2019. Those are waxing crescent Moons about 10% illuminated and aged about three days. The name is a reference to the archery equipment of the ancient Roman Goddess of Hunting and the Moon. The graphic nicely illustrates how the season of the year affects the viewing of a waxing crescent Moon.
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