New Moon and Crepuscular Rays Observed from Mahé Island

November 26, 2019


November 2019 Viewer's ChoicePhotographer: Zdenek Bardon
Summary Authors: Zdenek Bardon; Jim Foster

During my holiday to Seychelles, I was pleased to observe the waxing crescent Moon, amidst shafts of darkness and light, above the west Indian Ocean. The photo above was snapped when the Moon was only 34 hours old. It was taken just after sunset from Mahé Island, which lies approximately 5 degrees latitude south of the equator.

You can easily detect the ashen earthshine, sometimes referred to as the old moon in the young moon’s arms. To the left of the Moon shines the planet Jupiter. Photo taken on October 29, 2019, at 14:39 UTC.

Photo Details: Camera: NIKON D810A; Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic 8.4.1 (Macintosh); Exposure Time: 0.0016s (1/640); Aperture: ƒ/2.2; ISO equivalent: 320; Focal Length (35mm): 85; LensModel: Zeiss Otus 1.4/85 ZF.2.