Friday, February 7, 2014

Very Slim 3% Waning Crescent Moon

It's my slimmest moon photo yet at just 3% illumination! This beats out my previous slimmest moon of about 5% illumination. I took this photo at 7:48am on 1/29/2014 (now you can tell how late I am to getting around to blogging about it!).

slim crescent moon day
f/9, 1/50sec, ISO 100, 300mm

It was already more than 10° above the horizon by this point about 8 minutes before sunrise. It must have been quite the site earlier in a darker sky - a blazing bright thumbnail of light.

slim crescent moon day
f/9, 1/60 sec, ISO 100, 110mm
I believe my previous slimmest moon was photographed during the PanSTARRS comet observation, and it was about 5% illuminated. Earlier that morning it would have been at about 3% but since I observed it at dusk rather than dawn it was already slightly older.

5% illuminated moon on March 13, 2013

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