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 reach a geocentric minimum illuminated fraction of its disk on 2019 DEC 26 at 05:18 UT (25 at 23:18 CST).
Sharp eyed observers may attempt to spot the less than one-day-old Moon on December 26th, especially those out west. Others should have much better luck the following evening. 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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