I don’t know that I’ve kept strict records, but this has got to be about the earliest I’ve ever seen the new moon. One day, sixteen hours, fifty-nine minutes as of the middle of this series of photos – forty-one hours, give or take.
I saw it first through binoculars – it was so faint in the still illuminated sunset sky that it was another ten minutes before I could see it with the naked eye.
As light as the sky was and as dim as the moon was, there was very little contrast between them.
In a minute though, Venus popped out, still fairly high in the sky. (Remember Venus?) I ran to get the other camera, since they were still fairly far apart.
Venus in the upper left, the moon just above the tree tops at the lower right. (Click to enlarge.)
Contrast got a touch better as it got darker, but the moon was still very close to the sun, which meant it was setting soon after the sun, before it could get very dark.
Tomorrow night it will be higher, closer to Venus, still up when it’s darker. And we start the cycle over again.
Go check it out!