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 2020 JAN 24 at 21:16 UT (15:16 CST).
Sharp eyed observers may attempt to spot the one-day-old Moon on January 25th. Others should have 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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