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#1 Centaur

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 09:12 AM

It’s nearly time for my monthly naked-eye New Moon spotting challenge, which becomes relatively easy for observers north of the tropics as we near the vernal equinox. Many North Americans should be able to sight the little more than one-day-old Moon on March 12th when it will appear as a Lunar Boat, i.e. a U-shaped Moon. Some observers may set personal records.

My more detailed article describing the waxing crescent Moon’s first appearance of the coming lunar month appears under the links for my preview graphics at www.CurtRenz.com/moon

Photos and descriptions of the young Moon would be welcome additions to this thread. Please include your location, date, time and time zone.

Here is link to a photo that I took from Arlington Heights, Illinois of a Lunar Boat aged 1.35 days on 2009 MAR 27 at 19:53 CDT: http://www.curtrenz.com/NM090327.jpg

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 06:08 PM

Thank you for your faithful New Moon spotting noticesj, Curt. Our skies might give me the opportunity this time.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 12:36 AM

Thank you for your faithful New Moon spotting noticesj, Curt. Our skies might give me the opportunity this time.


You're welcome, rookie. Good Luck!

Meanwhile, I've been reminded that comet C/2011 L4 (Pan-STARRS) will appear in the vicinity of the young Moon, so the comet has been added to my three March New Moon spotting charts.

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 07:10 PM

Moon spotted at 7:07 PM CDT, 3 minutes after local sunset.

VMA shows lunation of 1.18 days and 1.6% illuminated. This beats my previous New Moon spotting record of 1.65 days on Feb 11 by almost 12 hours!.

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 08:27 PM

Moon spotted at 7:07 PM CDT. SkySafari indicates 1.2 days old...


Congratulations, Brandon. Thank you for your report.

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 09:23 PM

I found it with 20x80 binoculars at 00:40 minutes UT. It was peeking in and out of cloud banks but this viewing at 1.2 days (Virtual Moon)is the youngest I can find in my records.
CLear skies and clean glass,
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Posted 12 March 2013 - 09:39 PM

I was able to spot the moon and got a bonus.

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 09:44 PM

I found it with 20x80 binoculars at 00:40 minutes UT. It was peeking in and out of cloud banks but this viewing at 1.2 days (Virtual Moon)is the youngest I can find in my records.
CLear skies and clean glass,
Mike


Congratulations on your record, Mike. From here in Chicagoland, all I can see in the sky is a multitude of crystals of frozen water packed into small white clumps.

#9 Centaur

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 09:46 PM

Now that's cool, Ralph.

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 09:50 PM

Thanks, I kept looking and looking for the new moon and finally spotted it. Started taking some shots and then after it got dark enough the little fellow showed up!

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 12:34 AM

The moon was easy. 7:03 CDT (8:03 with daylight savings lol)

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 12:37 AM

Had to wait a bit to see the comet.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 08:09 AM

Beautiful photographs Ralph and TxStars. Thanks for sharing.

#14 Centaur

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 10:17 AM

And thank you, Charles, for sharing your fine photos.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 09:38 PM

Thanks for the pictures. The interloping comet steals the show this time.

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 05:23 AM

Going out for the comet, I spotted the Moon on 12 March at around 18:20 UT so about 22,5 hours old.

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 08:25 PM

Here is one I took on the first day of the new moon that I had not posted but was asked for so here it is.

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 01:58 PM

:bow: :bow: :bow:........ :like:






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