Itís nearly time for my monthly New Moon spotting challenge. I use the term New Moon in its classical sense of oneís first sighting of the Moon after its monthly solar conjunction (Dark Moon). Sharp-eyed observers might attempt to spot the 1.5-day-old Moon after sunset on Thursday, October 7th. Most others should have better luck the following evening.

My more detailed article and preview graphic can be found at

Photos and descriptions of the young crescent Moon this month would be welcome additions to this thread.