A New Pair of Firsts

4 years 6 months ago #102927 by lunartic
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Hi all

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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4 years 6 months ago #102928 by Fermidox
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Haha, beat you :evil: 27 hrs 54 mins...

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4 years 6 months ago #102930 by flt158
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Gosh! You guys are truly expert naked eye astronomers!!

Well done, Paul and Fermidox.

Aubrey.

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4 years 6 months ago #102936 by lunartic
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Great image, and great time.

Out of curiosity, does anyone know what the record is from Ireland?

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4 years 6 months ago #102947 by Fermidox
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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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4 years 5 months ago #102960 by Keith g
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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 !!

Keith..

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4 years 5 months ago #102962 by Fermidox
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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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4 years 5 months ago - 4 years 5 months ago #103205 by Fermidox
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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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4 years 5 months ago #103206 by lunartic
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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.

Paul

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4 years 5 months ago #103207 by dave_lillis
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very nice image, you were lucky with the clouds !

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4 years 5 months ago #103211 by Paul Evans
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18h32m over Black Mountain. Yours is way better of course, this was taken with a noisy bridge camera!

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4 years 5 months ago #103212 by Fermidox
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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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4 years 5 months ago #103222 by flt158
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Congratulations to all who found the wafer thin Moon last night.

Tonight I can see it west of Venus.

Aubrey.

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