Tonight – June 25, 2017 – look for the young moon to adorn the western evening twilight. Find an unobstructed horizon in the direction of sunset, and seek for the slender lunar crescent rather close to the horizon some 45 to 60 minutes after sundown. Binoculars always help out with any young moon hunt, especially if your sky is hazy or murky near the sunset point on the horizon.
From most places worldwide, except at far-northern latitudes, the moon will set better than hour after sunset on June 25. Click here to find out when the sun and moon set in your sky, remembering to check the moonrise and moonset box.
From the Northern Hemisphere, the Gemini stars, Castor and Pollux, may be visible to the right (north) of tonight’s waxing crescent moon. From North American mid-northern latitudes, the young moon pretty much aligns with Castor and Pollux on June 25. On this date from mid-northern latitudes in Europe and Asia, the young moon sits a bit lower in the sky relative to these Gemini stars.
No matter where you live, however, be sure to look for the young moon as dusk is giving way to nightfall. After dark may be too late, because tonight’s young moon will follow the sun beneath the horizon soon after sunset.
If you miss the young moon tonight, on June 25, try again tomorrow or the day after. Each day, a wider waxing crescent moon marches farther east of the setting sun, so it’s higher up at sunset and sets later after sundown.
This evening, soon after sundown, seek for the young moon near the sunset point on the horizon.