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 2013 MAY 10
at 00:28 UT (09 at 19:28 CDT).
We will still be fairly near the time of the vernal equinox, thus making the early
spotting of a New Moon relatively easy for northern hemisphere observers due to the
large angle at which the ecliptic strikes the horizon at sunset. Although this effect
will be diminished a bit due to the Moon being somewhat south of the ecliptic.
Also above is a link to a panorama including each Diana’s Bow in 2013. 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