19 June 2012

Slender Moon

It’s been a full lunar cycle since the Annular Eclipse of the Sun in May, and now the Moon once again graces the evening sky with its slender disk, slicing below the ecliptic in a line just south (left) of the planet Mercury and the star Regulus. I enjoy spotting the very young Moon such as we will see on Thursday 21st, not just in the glow of dusk alongside the emerging planets and stars, but also in the mid-day sky where it is high above, near the summer Sun. Finding the young disk of the Moon in the daytime sky takes patience and focus, but with a well-placed location next to a building or tree that solidly blocks out the bright Sun, the thin Moon is a treat to find. 

Image courtesy of Sky & Telescope.

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