Derby and District Astronomical Society

The Moon - 1 day old

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Chris Newsome took this picture of a 26 hour old Moon on the evening of the 27th March 2009. He used a hand held Canon 400D camera, with a 2 second exposure through a 200mm lens at 100ASA.

This picture by Chris Newsome and Adrian Brown shows Mercury gleaming just above the tree tops at lower left and a thin crescent Moon showing noticeable Earthshine on its unlit portion. It was taken on the 6th May 2008. Chris comments that the Moon was 1.3 days old and very difficult to spot until the sky darkened - and by then it was very low down. This was the first time Adrian had seen Mercury and the first time Chris had seen it through a telescope - up until the night this picture was taken Chris had only seen it twice with the naked eye - and it was clearly a half phase as it was nearing maximum elongation. The image is comprised of 6 frames of 5 seconds each at 100ASA using a 200mm lens on a Canon EOS300D camera. The images were combined in MaximDL and processed in CS2.

Malcolm Neal took this picture of the 1.6 day old Moon at around 19:20 UT on the 20th March 2007. The lit portion of the Moon has been over-exposed to allow the unlit portion to be visible. Unlit that is apart from Earthshine. This is light reflected onto the Moon from the Earth. It has also been termed 'The old Moon in the New Moon's arms'. Malcolm used a Canon EOS 300D camera fitted with a 500 mm lens at f/7.1. Exposure time was 2 seconds at 800 ASA.

This lovely picture by Malcolm Neal shows Venus and the 1.6 day old Moon and was taken around 19:00 UT on the 20th March 2007. Malcolm used a Canon EOS 300D camera with a zoom lens at 75 mm and f/4. Exposure time was 1/25 s at 800 ASA. Earthshine - light reflected from Earth onto the Moon - is clearly visible on the dark side.