Slim Moon Saturday

THE 1% LUNAR CRESCENT: Chris Schur of Payson, Arizona, has been planning this shot for months. “The opportunity came Friday morning, with the rising sun halfway up the sky,” he says. “I pointed my telescope 15 degrees east of the sun and there it was!” Behold, the 1% crescent Moon:

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One Percent Moon

“This is by far the thinnest crescent moon I have ever imaged,” says Schur. “Here the moon is .80 days old – 19.2 hours according to the Virtual Moon Atlas. The illumination is 1.0%.”

“And yes – I did view the crescent visually,” he says. “It was really tough! I could see only a portion of the crescent at one time in a low power ocular, but it was there against a light blue sky.”

Readers, you can see a slender crescent Moon tonight with considerably less effort. When the sun goes down, step outside and face west. A 3% crescent Moon will emerge at the feet of Castor and Pollux, the twins of Gemini. Enjoy the show.

@ SPACEWEATHER

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11 Responses to Slim Moon Saturday

  1. Den says:

    Other uses for a Crescent Moon:

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  2. Den says:

    It seem the Russian ambassador sought to get a ‘private’ back channel from Flynn first, then when he bombed out, Kushner was approached for the same thing.

    According to McMaster that is OK to do so proving to me the whole administration is corrupted and cannot be trusted. Yet the band plays on in blissful ignorance.

    Are we headed for the edge of the cliff? We are already there waiting to be pushed over the fascist edge into psychopathic oblivion.

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  3. jimhitchcock says:

    Damn, So long, Gregg Allman.

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  4. David B. Benson says:

    TVD bridge route in 53 minutes. A neighborhood crow, a flock of noisy small birds, a snake on the path without fear, a tidings of magpies, a cottontail where the neighborhood crow had been. Pleasant evening.

    Day 7: 357+53=410 minutes without really trying.

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  5. David B. Benson says:

    Nice moon sliver beginning to set.

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  6. Den says:

    The Man in the Moon is watching us!

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