DECEMBER NEW MOON SPOTTING
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 2018 DEC 07 at 07:20 UT (01:20 CST).
As we approach the Winter Solstice, sighting a young crescent Moon starts to become easier than in recent months. And the Moon being north of the ecliptic at this time this year can be helpful. Some sharp eyed North Americans might attempt spotting the more than half-
Also above is a link to a panorama including all Diana’s Bows in 2018. 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.
© Curt Renz
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