It’s a challenge every month to spot the New Moon after sunset by naked eye (or eyeglasses) 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 and in eclipse with the Sun on 2017 AUG 21 at 18:30 UT (13:30 CDT).
The more than one-day-old Moon after sunset on August 22 may be sighted by some sharp eyed observers. Most others should be presented with a better opportunity the following evening. See my New Moon Spotting preview graphics above.
Also above is a link to a panorama including all Diana’s Bows in 2017. Those are waxing crescent Moons 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.