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) reached a geocentric minimum illuminated fraction of its apparent disk on 2020 MAR 24 at 09:29 UT (04:29 CDT).
Sharp eyed observers may have attempted to spot the less than two-day-old Moon on March 25th. Others should have had 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 2020. 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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