Waxing Crescent Moon, 10/17

Here is a photo I took of the waxing crescent moon, taken on Oct. 17, 6:53 PM EDT south of Fairfield, PA.  The moon was new on Oct. 15 at 12:02 PM EDT, so this crescent is just short of 59 hours old. Thin as the crescent in this photo may seem, the record for seeing a crescent moon is about 15 hours from new. For comparison, this Astronomy Picture of the Day shows a 34-hour-old moon.

Image by Ian Clarke