It’s a challenge every month to spot the New Moon by naked-eye as early as 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 APR 29
at 06:14 UT (01:14 CDT).
The early spotting of a New Moon is easier for observers north of the tropics
when still near the time of the vernal equinox, thus allowing the angle between the
ecliptic and horizon at sunset to be fairly wide. The first opportunity for sharp-eyed
North Americans may come on April 29, with the Moon aged less than a day. More folks
should have luck the next evening.
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