Cheshire Cat moon in west after sunset

A waxing crescent moon, like the one you’ll see in tonight’s western sky after the sun goes down

John Reed of the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society captured this photo on February 11, 2013. He gave it the title Cheshire Cat Moon. Thank you, John. View larger.

When the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society first posted this image by John Reed on our Facebook page, many asked if it was a real image, or if it was photoshopped. Here’s the reply:

It is indeed a real image. John doesn’t use a telescope for his images, just a telephoto lens. You can see more of his pics here.

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Deborah Byrd