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Centaur
2011-Feb-27, 07:16 PM
Who will be the first to spot the March New Moon with naked eyes after sunset? The Dark Moon will be in geocentric longitudinal conjunction with the Sun on 2011 MAR 04 at 20:46 UT (14:46 CST).

We have moved into the period of the year surrounding the vernal equinox which is ideal for New Moon spotters north of the tropics. North Americans will have a fine opportunity to sight the Moon little more than a day old on March 5. Europeans may be able to spot it a few hours earlier when less than a day old. For many it will appear as the Lunar Boat, i.e. a crescent positioned like a “U” as though it were a floating canoe.

I’ve created three graphics previewing the western sky as viewed after sunset from Chicagoland on March 5, 6 & 7. They should well serve most North American observers. They can be seen by clicking: http://www.curtrenz.com/moon

Also on my Moon webpage is a panorama including each Diana’s Bow in 2011. That’s a waxing crescent Moon about 10% illuminated and aged about three days. The name is a reference to the archery equipment of the ancient Roman goddess of the Moon and hunting. The graphic nicely illustrates how we’ve moved into a good time of the year for viewing a waxing crescent Moon.

Photos and descriptions of the March New Moon would be welcome additions to this thread. Please include the date, time, time zone and location. Good Luck!

Below is the photo I took of the Moon from Arlington Heights, Illinois when it was aged 21:47 hrs on 2007 MAR 19 at 19:30 CDT, which was 27 minutes after sunset and 40 minutes before moonset.

http://www.curtrenz.com/NM070319.JPG