Moonspotting

I love watching the Moon as it waxes and wanes each month.
A friend and I have a competition to see who can spot it first when it becomes visible again after the New Moon. This page is for me to record when I see it so that we can see who wins.

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Monday 11th Jan 2016 5.18pm
I’d gone down to the river in Upton upon Severn to have a look at the flooding. As I walked back to the car, it was twilight and I saw a beautiful thin crescent in a navy blue sky.
It’s a long time since I’ve seen the Moon so early it was as thin as that.

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Monday 16th Nov 2015 4.43pm
I was on the way back from the cinema with some friends and as we were driving through lovely open countryside I got a really good view of the crescent Moon.

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Monday 19th Oct 2015 4.50pm
It was more than a thin crescent by the time I spotted the Moon when I looked out of the front door.

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Tuesday 22nd Sept 2015 7.33pm
I was very late spotting the Moon this time. By the time I saw it tonight it was already a gibbous Moon and I lost the race by 5 days!

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Tuesday 18th Aug 2015 8.55pm
I was driving home when I saw a lovely large, low, thin crescent moon hanging above the hills.

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Wednesday 22nd July 2015 10.28pm
In a dark blue sky I found a wide crescent Moon hanging just above the houses.

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Monday 22nd June 2015 7.25pm
I’ve been looking for the New Moon for the last few days but it’s been too cloudy. This evening it was a bit clearer and I spotted it on my way to my Book Club.

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Thursday 21st May 2015 9.56pm
I was looking out for the Moon all day, but it’s harder to see it in daylight when it’s a thin crescent. Just as it was beginning to get dark I went out to have another look and found it! A lovely bright crescent with the circle of the whole Moon faintly lit with Earthshine.

Monday 20th April 2015 9.40pm
Driving home I spotted a thin crescent Moon just before it went down behind the hills.

Monday 23rd March 2015 9.24pm
I was driving home from the Book Club I go to when I just spotted the Moon through the clouds. If I hadn’t been out I wouldn’t have seen it because the position it was in isn’t visible from my house.

Monday 23rd February 2015 6.47pm
After a cloudy, rainy day there was a lovely clear sky in the early evening and there was the Moon just outside my front door when I said goodbye to a visitor.

Wednesday 24th December 2014 6.09pm
I looked for the Moon in the daylight but couldn’t find it. I went out again not long after the ISS had gone over and walked down to the end of the road as I knew it would be quite low by then, and there it was! A big bright silver crescent lying back in the black sky just above the roof of a house.

Monday 24th November 2014 4.50pm
I’d been out for the day to Bourton on the Water with some friends to celebrate my birthday. On the way back we called in at Evesham Garden Centre for a cup of tea, and when I walked back to the car, this was the view! A sunset and a New Moon!
It’s quite unusual to see the Moon when it’s this new and it’s still a thin sliver of silver, so it was a lovely birthday surprise!
New Moon and a sunset

Thursday 30th October 2014 4.32pm
I was seeing a friend out after she’d come to lunch and there above the house across the road was the Moon. It was still just a crescent but very nearly at it’s first quarter so not very early.

Tuesday 30th September 2014 9.02pm
I was driving home from some evening shopping when my eye was caught by an orange glow in the sky. It was a lovely low crescent Moon, and I’m glad I was out as when I got home I couldn’t see it from my house.

Monday 1st September 2014 7.40pm
I noticed a beautiful orange sunset when I went out to put something in the car, so I walked down the road to get a better look at it. As I passed the big house across the road, there was a pale crescent Moon in a pale blue sky.

Saturday 3rd May 2014 10.05pm
I went outside to put something in the car and noticed it was quite bright so I looked for and found a lovely crescent Moon with a misty haze around it.

Friday 4th April 2014 7.58pm
I had just popped out to get some washing in off the line when I looked up and there was a lovely shiny crescent Moon in a blue sky. It’s good to see it that early in it’s cycle as it doesn’t happen very often.

Pancake Day Tuesday 4th March 2014 6.20pm
I was sitting in my daughter’s kitchen eating Pancakes when I spotted the Moon through the clear ceiling. What a brilliant kitchen she has for sky watching! We can stay inside in the warm to watch the ISS go by!

Monday 3rd February 2014 6.30pm
I spotted the Moon when it was still a thin crescent this time as we had a cold, clear evening.

Monday 6th January 2014 5.10pm
I spotted the New Moon through the roof of the conservatory!

Sunday 10th November 2013 2.20pm
It’s been clear, crisp and sunny today so I managed to spot a pale daytime Moon.

Tuesday 15th October 2013 7.50pm
I was very late spotting the Moon this month due to poor weather so it was already a gibbous waxing Moon.

Saturday 14th September 2013 9.15pm
I’ve only just spotted the Moon this time and it’s past it’s first quarter.
It’s been too cloudy and rainy to see it for the past few days.

Monday 15th July 2013
The New Moon has been around for quite a few days and I should have been able to see it with the lovely clear blue skies and hot sunny weather we’ve been having but I didn’t see it until tonight so I didn’t win this time!

Thursday 13th June 2013 10.09pm
I’ve been looking out for the New Moon for the past few days, but it’s been much too cloudy. This evening I glanced out of the window before I drew the curtains, and there it was! A waxing crescent with craters visible.

Friday 12th April 2013 9.05pm
I had forgotten to check when the New Moon would first be visible this month. I went to a Craft Meeting at the Village Hall and when I came out, there it was! Very thin, bright and easier to see by the Village Hall than it would have been near my house as it would have been hidden by trees. What a lovely surprise!

Thursday 14th March 2013 6.48pm
I knew that the New Moon would be out all day, but I didn’t manage to see it. A thin sliver of silver is hard to spot against a daytime sky. So I went out to have a look as it was beginning to get dark, and there it was – a thin smile hanging in the sky.

Thursday 14th February 2013 4.58pm
After snow and sleet falling for most of yesterday, today was lovely and bright and sunny which meant that I had a chance to see the New Moon at 4.58pm.

Monday 14th January 2013 5.02pm
I was busy inside all afternoon running a cardmaking workshop, but as I stepped outside there was the bright new crescent Moon in a navy blue sky with the whole of it faintly visible by the light reflected from the Earth.

Monday 17th December 2012 4.20pm
I was on a coach travelling back from Bristol when I spotted the Moon.
It was a lovely slim crescent.

Saturday 17th November 2012 6.18pm
A misty crescent seen through the bare winter trees.

Friday 21st September 2012 6.18pm
It was quite cloudy with patches of blue sky, and I was lucky – I found it in a patch of blue sky.

Wednesday 22nd August 2012 around 5.00pm
I was in Swanage on holiday and I saw it a few seconds after my friend as he pointed it out to me!

Monday 23rd July 2012 6.15pm After weeks and weeks of pouring rain with no sightings of the Moon, for the last two days we’ve had gloriously sunny blue skies. I’ve spent two days searching for the Moon without success, but spotted it just now, a small, pale, thin crescent in the south.

Friday 22nd June 2012 10.19pm After leaving the Theatre, I was just in time to spot the Moon before it went down behind the hills. It was a lovely large thin crescent in a fairly light blue/grey sky just sitting above the hills.

Thursday 24th May 2012 10.35pm The thin crescent new Moon looked very red tonight.

Tuesday 24th April 2012 9.54pm I had been looking for the Moon all through the day, but it was too cloudy. In the evening, the cloud cleared and the temperature dropped and I spotted the Moon as a thin silver crescent when I left House Group at 9.54pm.

Saturday 24th March 2012 7.22pm at around 3.5% illumination and just over 2 days lunation, the Moon is a very thin crescent shaped sliver, but unusually it’s red rather than silver. I wonder if that’s due to pollution in the atmosphere.

Sunday 26th February 2012 5.25pm Last night when I had hoped to see the Moon, it was cloudy, but thankfully it was clear tonight.

Thursday 26th January 2012 6.45pm
I saw a shiny smudge in the misty wetness of the sky and I could just make out a crescent shape but not very clearly.

Monday 9th January 2012
I was being driven home by a friend at around 5.15pm when I saw the Moon, full and low looking as if it was sitting on the roof of a house.
As soon as I arrived home, I got out my camera and tried to take a shot of it. Guess what! Even as I got the camera out, clouds started drifting across it. I decided it was worth being patient, and waited… and waited. After half an hour, I was fed up and gave up, but it was lovely seeing the Moon full and looking so big.

Wednesday 28th December 2011 5.42pm – I didn’t win this time! I was beaten by 1hr 44min.

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