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Centaur
2011-May-28, 12:36 AM
Who will be the first to spot the June New Moon with naked eyes after sunset? The Dark Moon will be in geocentric longitudinal conjunction with the Sun on 2011 JUN 01 at 21:03 UT (16:03 CDT). We have left the period of the year surrounding the vernal equinox which was ideal for New Moon spotters north of the tropics, but June is not bad. The coming months will present far poorer opportunities.

Iíve created three graphics previewing the western sky as viewed after sunset from Chicagoland on June 2, 3 & 4. 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 Dianaís Bow in 2011. Thatís 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 the season of the year affects the viewing a waxing crescent Moon.

Photos and descriptions of the June 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 several weeks ago from Arlington Heights, Illinois of the Moon aged 42:45 hrs on 2011 MAY 04 at 20:36 CDT.

http://www.curtrenz.com/NM110504.jpg

Centaur
2011-Jun-04, 02:48 AM
Here’s my shot taken this evening at 21:11 CDT from Arlington Heights, Illinois of the 2.2-day-old Moon through early summer haze 48 minutes after sunset and 59 minutes before moonset.


http://www.CurtRenz.com/NM110603.jpg