No Moon, Which Day?

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  1. alexb123 The Amish web page is fast! Valued Senior Member

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  5. alexb123 The Amish web page is fast! Valued Senior Member

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    Will the new moon mean no moon? Or should I wait for the moon to be in the day?
     
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  7. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    You don't need to wait for a New Moon, unless when you plan to view, the Moon is actually in the sky.

    There is plenty of month where the Moon will have set - or not yet risen.

    That being said, the nearer to a New Moon, the nearer that Moon is to the sun, so better chance at having them both gone from the sky at the same time.

    It depends a lot on what time of night you plan to be observing.
     
  8. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    New moon actually is the day (night, rather) there is no moon, i.e. the day between the last day of the old phase and the first day of the next phase.
     
  9. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Nitpick: the New Moon isn't no Moon; it's just a very thin Moon (unless it's actually an eclipse). Even a New Moon is brighter than a night where the Moon has set.
     
  10. paddoboy Valued Senior Member

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    I was about to nitpick the same nit, and ask, where did the Moon go?

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    But exchemist is too nice a bloke.

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  11. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    Yes thanks to you both for the nitpick. However it remains my understanding that, to answer the question asked, the date of New Moon is the one to choose, because the moon is to all intents and purposes not visible to the naked eye on that date. Is this wrong?
     
  12. paddoboy Valued Senior Member

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    Your meaning of your statement thus....
    is obvious to any logical person.
    I was of course being funny [funny haha

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    ] with my flippant remark to your "there is no Moon"
     
  13. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    The only time the New Moon doesn't have a visible crescent is during an eclipse.

    Most New Moons look like this:

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  14. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    Nice picture. I had always thought the crescent was too close to the sun to be visible under most conditions, but evidently not in this case at least. Thinking about it, I wonder why this s why the muslim world occasionally gets into a pickle over which day to consider the first day of Ramadan.
     

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