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!
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