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2011-Jun-30, 06:42 PM
Who will be the first to spot the July New Moon with naked eyes after sunset? The Dark Moon will be in geocentric longitudinal conjunction with the Sun on 2011 JUL 01 at 08:54 UT (03:54 CDT). We have entered the period of the year following the summer solstice in which the early spotting of a New Moon becomes more difficult for northern hemisphere observers. So it now becomes more of a challenge.

I’ve created three graphics previewing the western sky as viewed after sunset from Chicagoland on July 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 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 the season of the year affects the viewing a waxing crescent Moon.

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

Below is a photo I took from Arlington Heights, Illinois of the “Old Moon in the New Moon’s Arms above Fireworks” on 2008 JUL 04. Perhaps you can shoot something similar this Independence Day.


2011-Jul-03, 02:36 AM
Here’s my shot taken this evening from Arlington Heights, Illinois of the Moon aged 41:05 hrs on 2011 JUL 02 at 20:59 CDT.


2011-Jul-04, 03:05 AM
Well, a wee bit earlier but a lot blurrier...July 2 at 9:24 pm in Blue Ridge, GA. The illuminations were opposite this view.


2011-Jul-05, 01:36 AM
A beautiful OP composition, Centaur. A belated Best Wishes with the republic experiment ;)

2011-Jul-05, 01:56 AM
A beautiful OP composition, Centaur. A belated Best Wishes with the republic experiment ;)

Thanks, Middenrat. I may be old, but not old enough to have founded the republic. In fact, my ancestors were Europeans at the time. A rather recent one was a Bavarian graf. If your monarch ever becomes tyrannical, then consider a revolt. Then you could shoot off fireworks too.

2011-Jul-05, 03:10 AM
Here’s my photo of the waxing crescent Moon taken this evening two days after the previous one. Sorry, no fireworks made it into the shot. They were all across the horizon, but none near the Moon.


2011-Jul-05, 03:12 AM
That's a fine shot schlaugh. Thanks for sharing. One might think you were a little closer to my location.

2011-Jul-05, 03:33 AM
Thank you Curt, you're most kind. But it's just a simple Canon A480 at maximum zoom. And the only reason I took the shot was the thought "hmmmm....could this be a new moon observation? Let's give it a go." I was in Blue Ridge Ridge GA, waiting for fireworks to start, about 100 miles east of the CDT time zone on the Alabama border.