Thin Moon and Planets

   Wednesday evening November 30th a very thin less than 2-day old waxing crescent Moon will be just above the western horizon and near Saturn and Mercury. At the time of sunset, my local time of CST, the Moon will be about 1.4 days or somewhere around 30 hours old-young. While this is not a record for the youngest waxing crescent Moon seen with the naked eye it will nonetheless be an interesting challenge.
    The youngest Moon seen with the naked eye was seen by Stephen James O’Meara in May 1990 when he saw a waxing Moon that was only 15 hours, 32 minutes old.
   The planets Venus and Mars are further west from the Moon but within the next few days the waxing Moon will pass by them. Venus on the 2nd and Mars on the 4th.


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