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Thread: September New Moon Spotting

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    Cool September New Moon Spotting

    Itís nearly time for my monthly New Moon spotting challenge. I use the term New Moon in its classical sense of oneís first sighting of the Moon after its monthly solar conjunction (Dark Moon). Sharp-eyed observers may attempt to spot the less than one-day-old Moon after sunset on Thursday, September 17th.

    My more detailed article and preview graphic can be found at https://www.CurtRenz.com/moon.html

    Photos and descriptions of the young crescent Moon this month would be welcome additions to this thread.
    For astronomical graphics and data visit
    https://www.CurtRenz.com/astronomy.html

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    It's strange enough, but I still haven't been able to see the moon. Perhaps some insignificant cloud cover does not allow. Although there are no visible clouds in the sky. This is extremely strange. I'll try to see tomorrow!

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    Moon spotting? Around here we don't even see the sun lately!
    Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kay Burton View Post
    It's strange enough, but I still haven't been able to see the moon. Perhaps some insignificant cloud cover does not allow. Although there are no visible clouds in the sky. This is extremely strange. I'll try to see tomorrow!
    For those of us north of the tropics, spotting a one-day-old Moon can be difficult or impossible during the months surrounding the Autumnal Equinox. That's due to the narrow angle at which the ecliptic strikes the horizon at sunset.

    An additional problem this year is smoke from the West Coast wildfires spreading across the USA.

    Try again this evening. I've updated my preview graphic to Friday: https://www.CurtRenz.com/moon.html
    For astronomical graphics and data visit
    https://www.CurtRenz.com/astronomy.html

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