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In the space of two days I managed to break two personal records, spying both my oldest and newest moon.

On Monday morning as I was cycling to work I looked over my shoulder to check traffic and spotted the beautiful sliver of a waning crescent moon as it hung over a bank of cloud to the east, the moon at that time was 29 hours and 28 minutes before new.

This evening as I cycled home I saw the waxing crescent with Venus close by, the moon was only 28 hours and 22 minutes past new.

After close to 30 years observing the skies, there are still so many firsts out there.

Paul
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Replied by Fermidox on topic A New Pair of Firsts

Haha, beat you :evil: 27 hrs 54 mins...

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Replied by flt158 on topic A New Pair of Firsts

Gosh! You guys are truly expert naked eye astronomers!!

Well done, Paul and Fermidox.

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Replied by lunartic_old on topic A New Pair of Firsts

Great image, and great time.

Out of curiosity, does anyone know what the record is from Ireland?
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Replied by Fermidox on topic A New Pair of Firsts

I'm not sure, I suppose to have a clear sky on the day in question is rare in itself... Some of the international records are mentioned here:

www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/seeking-thin-crescent-moons/

What interested me about last night is that Venus was clearly visible whilst I was still scanning for the moon.
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Replied by Keith g on topic A New Pair of Firsts

Nice work guys, why don't we set a challenge to everybody to sight the latest/earliest crescent moon this year?

The ecliptic is at it's sharpest angle from the sun in the spring months in the evening sky, all going well with the weather, the day after new moon would be a great time to spot it !!

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Replied by Fermidox on topic A New Pair of Firsts

It will only be an 18-hour moon at sunset on the 19th Feb, can't get much more challenging than that!
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Replied by Fermidox on topic A New Pair of Firsts

Got it :laugh: 18 hours 53 mins, 0.8% illumination... as Keith said above, assisted by the more favourable angle of the ecliptic to the horizon at this time of year -


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Replied by lunartic_old on topic A New Pair of Firsts

Well done on seeing the young moon. I tried this evening but the cloud would not co-operate, I had to settle for the Venus-Mars conjunction. With the moon joining the pair over the next couple of nights will make it interesting.

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Replied by dave_lillis on topic A New Pair of Firsts

very nice image, you were lucky with the clouds !
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Replied by Paul Evans on topic A New Pair of Firsts

18h32m over Black Mountain. Yours is way better of course, this was taken with a noisy bridge camera!
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Replied by Fermidox on topic A New Pair of Firsts

18h 32 mins? You win! : cheer:

It was actually raining at sunset so I was fortunate to get anything at all.
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Replied by flt158 on topic A New Pair of Firsts

Congratulations to all who found the wafer thin Moon last night.

Tonight I can see it west of Venus.

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