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EarthSky // Today's Image Release Date: Feb 08, 2016

Old moon over Kitt Peak

Founded in 1958 – on a mountaintop in Arizona – this observatory operates its own 3 telescopes and hosts 24 others.

View larger. | John Ashley of Montana, who is traveling in the U.S. Southwest, caught this very old moon over Kitt Peak National Observatory on February 7, 2016.

View larger. | Photo by John Ashley of Montana, who is traveling in the U.S. Southwest.

John Ashley submitted this photo on Sunday, February 7, 2016, which he captured at Kitt Peak National Observatory, located about 50 miles southwest of Tuscon, Arizona. He wrote:

From my morning trip into the desert, a 1.3% sliver moon rises behind the 4-meter Mayall telescope on Kitt Peak, in southern Arizona.

This image was made 24 hours and 10 minutes ahead of new moon, so this crescent moon is 28.5 days old.

This faint sliver dissolved into the dawn just a few minutes after rising.

Thank you, John!

Kitt Peak is a fun place to visit …

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