Crescent Moon

Earlier this month, the midnight Sun was partially eclipsed by the new Moon. The evening after this eclipse, I decided to try to capture this very young crescent Moon from my hometown in southern Brazil.   Photographer: Fabiano Belisario Diniz; Fabiano’s Website

The photo above, taken with my backyard telescope, shows the result. It was snapped on June 2, 2011 at 6:05 p.m. — about 32 minutes after sunset and about 18 hours after the start of the new Moon phase. Less than two percent of the lunar surface was illuminated. Using a telescope, it’s possible to detect an extremely slender crescent Moon about 12 hours after the new Moon — the record is 12 hours and one minute.