EarthSky Facebook friends to the east of us here in the U.S. – or west, depending on how you look at it – have provided us with these three amazing images of the young moon. If it’s not sunset yet where you are – or if the sun just went down – you can see this same young moon in your western sky tonight!
Here’s a stunning image of the moon on October 28, 2011 as seen from Manila in the Philippines. As our sky chart for October 27 showed, Venus and Mercury were nearby – but photographer Raven Yu in Manila saw them on October 28, from across the International Date Line. She must have had an incredibly clear sky to get this wonderful shot. Thank you Raven!
Here’s another beautiful image, also from Manila in the Philippines! Jv Noriega in Manila captured this image of the moon on October 30, 2011. Isn’t it great? Thank you, Jv!
Some hours after Jv saw the young moon in the Philippines – as Earth rotated under the sky, bringing the moon into view for people farther and farther to the west – Elizabeth-Anne Booth in Johannesburg saw the same young moon on October 30, 2011. Elizabeth-Anne, what a stunning photo. Thank you.
I don’t know about you, but it’s not dark where I am yet. I’m looking forward to sunset and seeing the same moon come into view!
By the way, Raven, Jv and Elizabeth-Anne are all friends of EarthSky’s on Facebook. We have some amazingly talented friends, who populate our page continually with images such as these. We hope to see you there!
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.