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Full Moon Rising over Chicago - 2014

Rising time, illumination, brightness, azimuth and diameter of Full Moon calculated for Adler Planetarium observers, but good for all Chicagolanders each lunar month


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Mean Lunar Orbit

Diagram depicting the true scale of the lunar orbit at a mean eccentricity of 0.0550 and a mean ellipticity of 1.0015 drawn relative to the center of a fixed Earth


Path of the Moon - 2014 November

Chart of the Moon’s monthly path indicating dates for phases, conjunctions and other key relationships


Lunar Occultations of Planets and Stars

Graze maps, preview graphics, data and Besselian elements for upcoming occultations (coverings) of planets and stars by the Moon


Moon Photos

Landscape photos taken from Arlington Heights, Illinois by Curt Renz featuring the Moon usually during twilight while amid clouds or other foreground objects



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Path of the Moon - 2014 December

Chart of the Moon’s monthly path indicating dates for phases, conjunctions and other key relationships


New Moon Spotting - 2014 NOV 22

Preview of western sky from Chicagoland with the Moon upper right of Venus at 20 minutes after sunset - See article below.


New Moon Spotting - 2014 NOV 23

Preview of western sky from Chicagoland with the Moon at 40 minutes after sunset - See article below.


Waxing Crescent Moon - 2014 NOV 24

Preview of western sky from Chicagoland with the Moon at 60 minutes after sunset - See article below.


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                                        NOVEMBER NEW MOON SPOTTING


It’s a challenge every month to spot the New Moon by naked-eye from ground level after sunset at the earliest date possible. I use the term New Moon in its traditional sense of one’s first sighting of the Moon after its monthly solar conjunction (Dark Moon). The Dark Moon (which some call New Moon) will be in geocentric longitudinal conjunction with the Sun on 2014 NOV 22 at 12:32 UT (06:32 CST).


   The early spotting of a New Moon becomes a bit easier for observers north of the tropics as we move further from the time of the autumnal equinox. This causes the angle at sunset to become a little wider between the ecliptic and the horizon. It’s unlikely that even sharp eyed folks will first spot the half-day-old Moon on NOV 22. Most people should have better luck the next evening. See my previews above for NOV 22-24.


Also above is a link to a panorama including all Diana’s Bows in 2014. That’s a waxing crescent Moon about 10% illuminated and aged about three days. The name is a reference to the archery equipment of the ancient Roman Goddess of Hunting and the Moon. The graphic nicely illustrates how the season of the year affects the viewing of a waxing crescent Moon.


© Curt Renz


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Partial Lunar Eclipse - 2015 APR 04

Panorama of seven phases of the eclipse as seen from San Francisco Borderline partial/total with a bright edge seen at mid-eclipse


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Monthly Lunar Calendar

Daily lunar phases, eclipses, planetary events and meteor showers A Great Computer Desktop Background Wallpaper!


Diana’s Bows - 2014

Panorama of all 13 evening crescent Moons approximately 10% illuminated and aged about 3 days - See last paragraph of article below.


Morning Bows - 2014

Panorama of all 12 morning crescent Moons approximately 10% illuminated about 3 days prior to solar conjunction


Full Moons - 2014-15

Panorama illustrating the geocentric declination, distance, angular diameter and relative brightness of 15 Full Moons


Cycle of Lunar Phases

Simplified diagram not to true scale illustrating how the shape of the illuminated portion of the Moon’s apparent disk changes as our natural satellite orbits the Earth