The young moon returns

Casual observers rarely see a moon within 24 hours of new moon. But observers who have the right conditions, and are watching carefully – and those using telescopes or binoculars – can see much younger moons.

A somewhat cloudy twilight sky. The very slim crescent of the young moon is hardly noticeable. A red arrow points to it.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Muzamir Mazlan at Telok Kemang Observatory in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, used a telescope to capture a moon so young – so nearly between the Earth and sun – that the eye wouldn’t have been able to see it. Muzamir wrote: “The picture was captured at 7:25 PM MYT – 5 May 2019 – when the moon age is 12 hours and 38 minutes. Spot the super thin crescent moon! It also marks the start of the Islamic month of Ramadan.” Muzamir also captured the waning moon on May 4. Amazing pair of photos, Muzamir! Thank you. Click here to learn the youngest moon you can see with the eye alone.

For more beautiful photos of this month’s young moon, check EarthSky Community Photos

This photo, by Dustin Guy in Seattle, Washington, is particularly nice

Deborah Byrd