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Centaur
2013-Mar-07, 02:13 PM
Itís nearly time for my monthly naked-eye New Moon spotting challenge, which becomes relatively easy for observers north of the tropics as we near the vernal equinox. Many North Americans should be able to sight the little more than one-day-old Moon on March 12th when it will appear as a Lunar Boat, i.e. a U-shaped Moon. Some observers may set personal records.

My more detailed article describing the waxing crescent Moonís first appearance of the coming lunar month appears under the links for my preview graphics at www.CurtRenz.com/moon

Photos and descriptions of the young Moon would be welcome additions to this thread. Please include your location, date, time and time zone.

Below is a photo that I took from Arlington Heights, Illinois of a Lunar Boat aged 1.35 days on 2009 MAR 27 at 19:53 CDT.

http://www.curtrenz.com/NM090327.jpg

Centaur
2013-Mar-08, 05:32 AM
I've been reminded that comet C/2011 L4 (Pan-STARRS) will appear in the vicinity of the young Moon, so the comet has been added to my three March New Moon spotting charts.