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Astronomical question and answer 236

 

Frank L. Preuss

 

What did I see two days after new moon?

 

As I walked home today the sky was overcast and I thought to myself, today there is no astronomical observation.

Then I sat at the window contemplating the events of the day und suddenly I saw the new moon in the sky, two days after new moon.

The sky was quite hazy and partly overcast, but that spot in the sky where the moon was, was the least affected and the moon was quite clearly visible, but not so that I could see the earth shine on that part of the moon, which is not illuminated by the sun.

It was almost half an hour after sunset and one and half hour before moonset.

It was still not completely dark, so that I could still see the clouds.

I had prepared myself for this evening by obtaining the times of sunset and moonset of today so that I had more information to estimate the positions of these two heavenly bodies.

On webpage Moon orbit it says: "At new moon the earth satellite is invisible. Its dark night side is turned to earth. About 2-3 days after that a waxing crescent emerges in the evening in the W."

Today's experience therefore shows that two days after new moon one can see already the moon again.

I had a look at the moon phases and there I found that for the day before yesterday, therefore for the day of new moon, the time of new moon was given as 00:45, and that means that it was right at the beginning of that day, and therefore one could almost say that three days had already elapsed.

 

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