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Preliminary results for the following New Crescent moons:
200520062007 2008200920102011
  January 29 January 19 January 08 January 26 January 15 January 04
  February 28 February 17 February 07 February 25 February 14 February 03
  March 29 March 19 March 07 March 26 March 15 March 04
  April 27 April 17 April 06 April 25 April 14 April 03
  May 27 May 16 May 05 May 24 May 14 May 03
  June 25 June 15 June 03 June 22 June 12 June 01
  July 25 July 14 July 03 July 22 July 11 July 01
  August 23 August 12 August 01 August 20 August 10 July 30
  September 22 September 11 August 30 September 18 September 08 August 29
October 03 October 22 October 11 September 29 October 18 October 07 September 27
November 02 November 20 November 09 October 28 November 16 November 06 October 26
December 01 December 20 December 09 November 27 December 16 December 05 November 25
December 31     December 27     December 24
Global Observation Distribution for 2005 October 03 New Moon:
Approximately 200 observations were submitted during early October. The majority came from countries outside the United Kingdom. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. The United States was the primary source of observations. The geographical spread in the United States ranged from the US Virgin Islands to Hawaii and from Massachusetts to California. Other contributing countries included Australia, India, South Africa, Turkey, Sweden, The Netherlands, France, Spain, and Columbia. An observation was also made from a point off the south-east coast of Trinidad & Tobago! The majority of these observations were positive ones including several observers who made observations over two or three nights.
Global distribution of observers for 2005 October 03 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2005 October 03 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2005 October 03 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The observations which came from the United Kingdom were, for the most part, negative observations. It seems likely that the poor weather conditions over the UK at the time of the October new crescent moon played a significant role in the low number of observations.

We hope to analyse the first set of sightings shortly to determine how many submissions were valid, and if any of the observations are critical ones which may impact on our current predictions.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations, please keep up the good work!
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Global Observation Distribution for 2005 November 02 New Moon:
Just over 120 observations were submitted during early November. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Australia, Iran, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Greece, Italy, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Canada and The United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Sydney in Australia and from as far west as Anchorage in Alaska. Anchorage was also the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Sydney was also the most southerly.

Nearly 34% of these observations were positive ones including one or two observers who made observations over two or three nights.
Global distribution of observers for 2005 November 02 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2005 November 02 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2005 November 02 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided the largest proportion of observations for this month. The observations from the United Kingdom were mostly negative observations. Only 11% were positive sightings. Once again, it seems likely that the poor weather conditions over the UK at the time of the November new crescent moon played a significant role in the low number of observations and positive sightings.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2005 December 01 New Moon:
Just over 100 observations were submitted during early December. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Australia, Iran, Oman, Jordan, Lesotho, Poland, Greece, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Morocco, Canada and The United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Perth in Australia and from as far west as Anchorage in Alaska. Anchorage was also the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Perth was also the most southerly.

Nearly 47% of these observations were positive ones including one or two observers who made observations over two or three nights.
Global distribution of observers for 2005 December 01 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2005 December 01 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2005 December 01 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided 53% of observations for this month. The observations from the United Kingdom yielded more positive observations then the previous new moon. Nearly 45% were positive sightings.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2005 December 31 New Moon:
Just over 70 observations were submitted during late December and early January. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Australia, Pakistan, Iran, Oman, Poland, Serbia & Montenegro, Italy, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Morocco, Canada and The United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Perth in Australia and from as far west as Berkeley in California. Aberdeenshire in Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Perth was also the most southerly.

Nearly 46% of these observations were positive ones including one or two observers who made observations over two or three nights.
Global distribution of observers for 2005 December 31 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2005 December 31 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2005 December 31 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. Once again, the United Kingdom provided 53% of observations for this month. The observations from the United Kingdom yielded more positive observations than the previous new moon. More than 55% were positive sightings.

On a personal note, the weather in Oxfordshire has finally allowed me to make my first contribution to this project as an observer. At 16:23 UT on 2006 January 1st, I observed the 37.2 hour-old new crescent moon in the south-western sky at an altitude of approximately 6. The Moon was 3.5% illuminated, some 22 east of the Sun. The observation was made about half way through civil twilight when the Sun was nearly 3 below the horizon.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2006 January 29 New Moon:
Nearly 90 observations were submitted during late January and early February. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included New Zealand, Australia, Oman, Lesotho, Poland, Germany, Italy, Belgium, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Morocco, Canada and The United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Palmerston North in New Zealand and from as far west as Burnaby in Canada. Aberdeenshire in Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Palmerston North was also the most southerly.

Just over 51% of these observations were positive ones including one or two observers who made observations over two or three nights.
Global distribution of observers for 2006 January 29 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2006 January 29 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2006 January 29 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided 37% of observations for this month just pipping the United States by two submissions. The observations from the United Kingdom yielded nearly twice as many negative observations as positive observations for this new crescent moon.

On a personal note, the weather in Oxfordshire allowed me to make my second contribution to this project as an observer. At 17:03 UT on 2006 January 31st, I observed the 50.8 hour-old new crescent moon in the south-western sky at an altitude of approximately 19. The Moon was 6.5% illuminated, some 30 east of the Sun. The observation was made about a third of the way through civil twilight when the Sun was just over 2 below the horizon.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2006 February 28 New Moon:
More than 160 observations were submitted during late February and early March. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included New Zealand, Australia, Jordan, Poland, Italy, Belgium, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Morocco, The Gambia, the Bahamas and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Palmerston North in New Zealand and from as far west as Oakland, California in the United States. Inverness in Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Palmerston North was also the most southerly.

Nearly 75% of these observations were positive ones including several observers who made observations over two, three and four nights. There were a couple of reports of the new crescent moon being observed on February 28th from the west coast of the United States and one from Marrakesh in Morocco. Many observers who contacted the Moonwatch project noted how clear and sharp the new crescent moon was on March 1st.
Global distribution of observers for 2006 February 28 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2006 February 28 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2006 February 28 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided 74% of the observations for this month of which 78% were positive ones. Good weather in the UK has yielded significantly more sightings than previous months.

On a personal note, the weather in Oxfordshire allowed me to try and observe the new crescent moon on four nights from February 28th to March 3rd inclusive. Despite using binoculars, I did not sight the new crescent moon on February 28th. At 18:00 UT on 2006 March 1st, I observed the 41.5 hour-old new crescent moon in the west-south-western sky at an altitude of approximately 17. The Moon was 4.2% illuminated, some 24 east of the Sun. The observation was made about half way through civil twilight when the Sun was just over 3 below the horizon. The sighting was classed as category A and was a relatively easy one

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2006 March 29 New Moon:
Just under 100 observations were submitted during late March and early April. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Australia, Oman, Dubai, Israel, Egypt, Turkey, Poland, Germany, Italy, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Morocco, Canada and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Perth in Australia and from as far west as Cool, California in the United States. Inverness in Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Perth was also the most southerly. An observation was also made shortly after the total eclipse of the Sun from a ship crossing the Mediterranean Sea!

Nearly 55% of these observations were positive ones including several observers who made observations over two, three and four nights. There were a couple of reports of the new crescent moon being observed on March 29th from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia in Canada and one from Nottingham in England.
Global distribution of observers for 2006 March 29 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2006 March 29 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2006 March 29 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided 55% of the observations for this month of which 49% were positive ones. Poor weather in the UK has had reduced the number of sightings this month.

On a personal note, poor weather in Oxfordshire prevented me making any observations this month. However, the weather in Turkey was good enough for an excellent view of the total eclipse of the Sun!

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2006 April 27 New Moon:
Just under 120 observations were submitted during late April and early May. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Oman, Iran, South Africa, Germany, Italy, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Morocco and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Muscat in Oman and from as far west as Cool, California in the United States. Inverness in Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Cape Town in South Africa was the most southerly.

Nearly 58% of these observations were positive ones including several observers who made observations over two, three and four nights. There were no reports of the new crescent moon being observed on April 27th.
Global distribution of observers for 2006 April 27 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2006 April 27 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2006 April 27 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided 70% of the observations for this month of which 56% were positive ones. Poor weather again limited the number of sightings.

On a personal note, the weather in Oxfordshire allowed one sighting of the new crescent moon on April 29th. At 20:44 UT, I observed the 48.0 hour-old new crescent moon in the western sky at an altitude of approximately 19. The Moon was 5% illuminated, some 27 east of the Sun. The observation was made during civil twilight when the Sun was nearly 4 below the horizon. A photograph of this easy sighting is given below.

48 hour-old New Crescent Moon on April 29th 2006

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2006 May 27 New Moon:
Just under 240 observations were submitted during late May and early June. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Brunei, Oman, Finland, Crete (Greece), Poland, South Africa, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Spain, Guyana and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei and from as far west as Castro Valley, California in the United States. Stronsay in the Orkney Islands was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Cape Town in South Africa was the most southerly.

Nearly 58% of these observations were positive ones including several observers who made observations over two, three and four nights. There were a several reports of the new crescent moon being observed on May 27th from locations in New York, Cochise County in Arizona, Castro Valley and Morro Bay in California in the United States and one from Grimsby in England. Four of the U.S.-based sightings of the crescent were made with binoculars and then with the naked-eye. The remaining Arizona-based sighting of a 21-hour old crescent moon was made with the naked eye.
Global distribution of observers for 2006 May 27 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2006 May 27 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2006 May 27 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided 83% of the observations for this month of which 55% were positive ones. Interest generated by an "Astronomy Now" article on a possible record sighting of a young crescent moon in the UK and an item on the BBC Radio 4 programme "Material World" seems to have swelled the number of observers this month.

The Grimsby sighting is an interesting observation. If it can be verified, this would constitute a UK record naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon at an age of 15.1 hours. The observation was made at 21:30 BST on May 27th when the Moon was 5 degrees above the horizon and the Sun was nearly 3 below the horizon. The observation was made with clouds on the western horizon when the crescent was 0.5% illuminated. Unfortunately, the observational record is not complete and we cannot completely rule out the possibility of a misidentification.

On a personal note, poor weather permitted me only one very easy sighting on May 30th.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2006 June 25 New Moon:
A total of 160 observations were submitted during late June. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Australia, Brunei, Oman, Tanzania, Crete (Greece), Italy, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Nigeria, Ireland, France, Spain, Canada and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Perth in Australia and from as far west as Berkeley, California in the United States. Buckie in Morayshire, Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Perth in Australia was the most southerly.

Just under 41% of these observations were positive ones, including a few observers who made observations over as many as four nights. Our earliest reported sighting of new crescent moon this month came from Muscat in Oman June 26th.
Global distribution of observers for 2006 June 25 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2006 June 25 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2006 June 25 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just over 76% of the observations for this month of which just over 38% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made from Harwell in Oxfordshire on June 27th.

On a personal note, bad weather prevented any observations of this new crescent moon.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2006 July 25 New Moon:
More than 100 observations were submitted during late July. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included New Zealand, Indonesia, Serbia, Italy, Belgium, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Morocco and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Palmerston North in New Zealand and from as far west as Hayward, California in the United States. Buckie in Morayshire, Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Palmerston North in New Zealand was the most southerly.

Just under 37% of these observations were positive ones, including a few observers who made observations over as many as five nights. Our earliest reported sighting of new crescent moon this month came from Gunwalloe, Cornwall in the United Kingdom on July 26th.
Global distribution of observers for 2006 July 25 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2006 July 25 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2006 July 25 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just over 71% of the observations for this month of which just over 31% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made from Gunwalloe in Cornwall on July 26th.

On a personal note, bad weather prevented any observations of this new crescent moon.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2006 August 23 New Moon:
More than 100 observations were submitted during late August. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Australia, India, Poland, South Africa, Italy, Belgium, the United Kingdom, France, Chile, Canada and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Perth in Australia and from as far west as Hayward, California in the United States. Elgin in Morayshire, Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Cape Town in South Africa was the most southerly.

Just under 28% of these observations were positive ones, including a few observers who made observations over as many as five nights. Our earliest reported sighting of new crescent moon this month came from Pulaski, Virginia in the United States on August 25th.
Global distribution of observers for 2006 August 23 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2006 August 23 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2006 August 23 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided 50% of the observations for this month of which just under 19% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made with optical assistance from Clarencefield in Dumfries and Galloway on August 26th.

On a personal note, bad weather prevented any observations of this new crescent moon.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2006 September 22 New Moon:
Just under 70 observations were submitted during late September. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Oman, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Belgium, the United Kingdom and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman and from as far west as Hayward, California in the United States. Alford in Aberdeenshire, Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman was the most southerly.

Just under 29% of these observations were positive ones, including a few observers who made observations over as many as five nights. Our earliest reported sighting of new crescent moon this month came from Athens, Alabama in the United States on September 24th.
Global distribution of observers for 2006 September 22 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2006 September 22 New Moon:
The map below shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just under 64% of the observations for this month of which just under 23% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made from Plymouth in Devon on September 25th.
UK distribution of observers for 2006 September 22 New Moon
On a personal note, bad weather prevented any observations of this new crescent moon until September 25th. The photograph below was taken from The Ridgeway, near West Ilsley, at 19:09 BST, halfway through civil twilight. The 78 hour-old Moon was 2.2 above the horizon, 9.4% illuminated and at an elongation of 36 from the Sun. This was predicted to be a category A sighting (easily visible).

New crescent moon on 25th September 2006 at 19:09 BST from West Berkshire

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2006 October 22 New Moon:
Just over 120 observations were submitted during late October. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included New Zealand, Australia, India, Pakistan, Iran, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, the United Kingdom, France, Guyana and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Oamaru in New Zealand and from as far west as Hayward, California in the United States. Buckie in Morayshire, Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Oamaru in New Zealand was the most southerly.

Just over 31% of these observations were positive ones, including a few observers who made observations over as many as four nights. Our earliest reported sighting of new crescent moon this month came from Dadanawa, Guyana on October 23rd.
Global distribution of observers for 2006 October 22 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2006 October 22 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2006 October 22 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just over 51% of the observations for this month of which just under 23% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made from Eccles in Greater Manchester on October 25th.

On a personal note, bad weather prevented any observations of this new crescent moon until an easy sighting was made on October 26th at 17:15 BST.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2006 November 20 New Moon:
Just over 90 observations were submitted during late November. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included New Zealand, Iran, Qatar, Italy, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Morocco and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Oamaru in New Zealand and from as far west as Hayward, California in the United States. Forres in Morayshire, Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Oamaru in New Zealand was the most southerly.

Just over 35% of these observations were positive ones, including a few observers who made observations over as many as four nights. Our earliest reported sighting of new crescent moon this month came from Doha, Qatar on November 22nd.
Global distribution of observers for 2006 November 20 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2006 November 20 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2006 November 20 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just under 63% of the observations for this month of which just over 35% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made from Somersham in Huntingdonshire on November 23rd.

On a personal note, bad weather prevented any observations of this new crescent moon until a very easy sighting was made on November 25th at 18:00 UT in Cottenham, Cambridgeshire.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2006 December 20 New Moon:
Just under 60 observations were submitted during late December. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included New Zealand, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Poland, Italy, Belgium, the United Kingdom, France, Guyana and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Oamaru in New Zealand and from as far west as Hayward, California in the United States. Forres in Morayshire, Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Oamaru in New Zealand was the most southerly.

Just under 41% of these observations were positive ones, including a few observers who made observations over as many as four nights. The overwhelming majority of positive observations came from the United States including our earliest reported sighting of new crescent moon this month which came from Castle Rock, Colorado on December 21st.
Global distribution of observers for 2006 December 20 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2006 December 20 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2006 December 20 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided nearly 58% of the observations for this month of which nearly 42% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made from Barnard Castle in County Durham on December 22nd.

On a personal note, fog prevented any observations of the moon before first quarter on December 27th.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2007 January 19 New Moon:
Nearly 150 observations were submitted during middle to late January. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included New Zealand, Indonesia, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Italy, Belgium, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Ireland, Guyana and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Oamaru in New Zealand and from as far west as Bodega Bay, California in the United States. Forres in Morayshire, Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Oamaru in New Zealand was the most southerly.

Just over 73% of these observations were positive ones, including observers who made observations over as many as five nights. The overwhelming majority of positive observations came from the United Kingdom. Our earliest reported sighting of new crescent moon this month came from Louisville, Colorado on January 19th using a telescope. The earliest naked-eye sighting came from Qomsheh, Iran on January 20th.
Global distribution of observers for 2007 January 19 New Moon
Venus and the new crescent moon on 2007 January 20th
The sightings on January 20th were enhanced by the proximity of Venus to the new crescent moon. The geocentric conjunction between these two objects took place at 16:52 UT. The magnitude of Venus was -3.7 and the illuminated fraction of the Moon was 3%. The geocentric separation of the two objects was less than 1.For observers in South Africa, the southern tip of South America and Antarctica, the effect of parallax meant that Venus was occulted by the crescent moon but for observers elsewhere in the world Venus lay to the north of the crescent moon.

The image to the left of Venus and the new crescent moon was taken on 20th January 2007 at 17:48 UT from Plymouth, almost an hour after the geocentric conjunction of the two objects. Our thanks go to Jerry Lock for permission to use his fine photograph. This image was taken a quarter of an hour after the so-called "best time" to observe the crescent moon. This observation would be classed as a category A (easy) sighting.

The crescent moon in this picture is nearly 5 above the horizon. Venus, at the top of this image, is a little over 6 above the horizon. Both objects lay in a south-westerly direction. The photograph was taken halfway through nautical twilight or about an hour after sunset, when the elongation of the 38-hour old Moon was 21 from the Sun.
UK Observation Distribution for 2007 January 19 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2007 January 19 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just over 67% of the observations for this month of which nearly 79% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made from Guisborough in North Yorkshire on January 20th at 16:15 UT using binoculars. The earliest naked-eye sighting came from Edinburgh, Scotland on January 20th at 16:30 UT.

On a personal note, I sighted the new crescent moon just below Venus on January 20th at 17:50 UT through clouds.

New Crescent Moon and Venus on January 21st 2007 at 5:45 pm in Soquel, California

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations and also to Jack in Soquel, California who provided this image of the crescent moon and Venus on January 21st 2007 at 17:45 PST.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2007 February 17 New Moon:
Nearly 90 observations were submitted during late February. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Australia, Oman, Qatar, Poland, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Perth in Australia and from as far west as Berkeley, California in the United States. Inverness in Highland, Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Perth in Australia was the most southerly.

Just over 49% of these observations were positive ones, including a couple of observers who made observations over as many as four nights. The earliest reported sighting of new crescent moon this month was made using a telescope from Ibra, Oman on February 18th. The first reported naked-eye sighting was made from Krakow, Poland on February 18th.
Global distribution of observers for 2007 February 17 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2007 February 17 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2007 February 17 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided nearly 59% of the observations for this month of which just over 43% were positive ones. Our earliest reported naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made from Chelmsford in Essex on February 19th.

On a personal note, cloud prevented any observations of the Moon before a very easy sighting could be made through cloud on February 20th.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2007 March 19 New Moon:
140 observations were submitted during late March. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Poland, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Morocco, Jamaica, Guyana and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Oamaru in New Zealand and from as far west as Santa Rosa, California in the United States. Ellon in Aberdeenshire, Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Oamaru in New Zealand was the most southerly.

Just over 76% of these observations were positive ones, including several observers who made observations over three nights and one who made observations over five nights. The earliest reported sighting of new crescent moon this month was made from Union City, New Jersey in the United States on March 19th with the naked eye.
Global distribution of observers for 2007 March 19 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2007 March 19 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2007 March 19 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just over 61% of the observations for this month of which just under 83% were positive ones. Our earliest reported naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made from Plymouth, Devon on March 20th.

On a personal note, sleet showers prevented any observations on March 19th. However, a very easy sighting was made and photographs were taken from Harwell on March 20th.

New Crescent Moon on March 20th 2007 at 18:44 UT, Harwell, UK

The photograph above was taken at 18:44 UT towards the end of civil twilight and shows a 40 hour-old, 4% illuminated crescent.

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Global Observation Distribution for 2007 April 17 New Moon:
Just under 140 observations were submitted during late April. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Poland, Slovenia, Italy, Nigeria, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Karawang in Indonesia and from as far west as Olympia, Washington State in the United States. Alford in Aberdeenshire, Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Karawang in Indonesia was the most southerly.

Just over 86% of these observations were positive ones, including several observers who made observations over as many as five nights. The earliest reported sighting of new crescent moon this month was made from St. Albans, Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom on April 17th with the naked eye. This sighting is an interesting one in that our current model would suggest that no sighting could be made from the United Kingdom on April 17th as the crescent lay beyond the Danjon limit. The only other reported sighting made on April 17th came from St. Louis, Missouri in the United States. This naked-eye sighting is also interesting in that our model suggests that this sighting would have required optical aid. Both sightings merit further investigation.

Global distribution of observers for 2007 April 17 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2007 April 17 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2007 April 17 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just over 75% of the observations for this month of which just over 89% were positive ones. Our earliest reported naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made from St. Albans, Hertfordshire on April 17th.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success on April 17th and successfully on the following three nights. Photographs were taken from Harwell and The Ridgeway in Oxfordshire on April 18th and April 19th.

New Crescent Moon on April 18th 2007 at 19:27 UT, The Ridgeway, Oxfordshire, UK

The photograph above was taken at 19:27 UT halfway through civil twilight and shows a 32 hour-old, 2.6% illuminated crescent.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2007 May 16 New Moon:
A total of 51 observations were submitted during late May. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included The Maldives, Poland, Italy, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Male in the Maldives and from as far west as Tucson in Arizona in the United States. Inverness in Highland in the United Kingdom was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Male in the Maldives was the most southerly.

Just over 90% of these observations were positive ones, including two observers who made observations over three nights. The earliest reported sighting of new crescent moon this month was made from the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom on May 17th with the naked eye. Several other naked eye sightings were made in the United Kingdom later the same night.
Global distribution of observers for 2007 May 16 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2007 May 16 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2007 May 16 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just under 65% of the observations for this month of which nearly 91% were positive ones. Our earliest sighting of the new crescent moon with the naked eye in the United Kingdom was made from the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire on 2007 May 17th.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were made on three nights from May 17th to May 19th inclusive.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2007 June 15 New Moon:
A total of 35 observations were submitted during late June. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Yemen, Italy, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Morocco and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Sana'a in Yemen and from as far west as Tucson in Arizona in the United States. Alford in Aberdeenshire in the United Kingdom was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Sana'a in Yemen was the most southerly.

Just over 51% of these observations were positive ones, including one observer who made observations over four nights. The earliest reported sighting of new crescent moon this month was made from Central Park in New York in the United States with binocular assistance on June 15th. A naked eye sighting was made from Cardiff in Wales in the United Kingdom on June 16th.
Global distribution of observers for 2007 June 15 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2007 June 15 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2007 June 15 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just over 57% of the observations for this month of which 45% were positive ones. Our earliest sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made from Cardiff in Wales with the naked eye on June 16th.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success due to poor weather.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2007 July 14 New Moon:
A total of 18 observations were submitted during late July. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Iran, Italy, the United Kingdom, Venezuela and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Qomsheh in Iran and from as far west as Gasport in New York State in the United States. Guisborough in North Yorkshire in the United Kingdom was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Merida in Venezuela was the most southerly.

Just under 39% of these observations were positive ones, including one observer who made observations over four nights. No successful sightings were made on July 14th and July 15th. The earliest reported sighting of new crescent moon this month was made from Plymouth in Devon in the United Kingdom with the naked eye on July 16th followed by one in Gasport, New York State on the same day.
Global distribution of observers for 2007 July 14 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2007 July 14 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2007 July 14 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just over 61% of the observations for this month of which just over 54% were positive ones. Our earliest sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made from Plymouth in Devon with the naked eye on July 16th.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success due to poor weather.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2007 August 12 New Moon:
A total of 26 observations were submitted during late August. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Pakistan, Turkey, Poland, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Gwadar in Pakistan and from as far west as Sacramento, in California in the United States. Coventry in the West Midlands in the United Kingdom was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Gwadar in Pakistan was the most southerly.

Just over 46% of these observations were positive ones, including one observer who made observations over five nights. No successful sightings were made on August 12th and August 13th. The earliest reported sighting of new crescent moon this month was made from Yaak in Montana in the United States with the naked eye on August 14th.
Global distribution of observers for 2007 August 12 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2007 August 12 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2007 August 12 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just under 54% of the observations for this month of which 50% were positive ones. Our earliest sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made from Somersham in Huntingdonshire with binoculars on August 15th.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success due to poor weather.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2007 September 11 New Moon:
A total of 22 observations were submitted during late September. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Australia, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Kingdom and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Sydney in Australia and from as far west as Gasport, New York State in the United States. Dewsbury in West Yorkshire in the United Kingdom was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Sydney in Australia was the most southerly.

Just over 36% of these observations were positive ones, including one observer who made observations over four nights. No sightings were made on September 11th and September 12th. The earliest reported sighting of new crescent moon this month was made from Jakarta in Indonesia with binocular assistance on September 13th. The first reported naked eye sighting was made on September 15th from Somersham in Huntingdonshire in the United Kingdom.
Global distribution of observers for 2007 September 11 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2007 September 11 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2007 September 11 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided more than 54% of the observations for this month of which just over 33% were positive ones. Our earliest sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made from Somersham in Huntingdonshire with binoculars on September 14th.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success due to poor weather.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2007 October 11 New Moon:
A total of 33 observations were submitted during late October. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Indonesia, Uzbekistan, India, Mauritius, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Jakarta in Indonesia and from as far west as Hayward, California in the United States. Glasgow in Scotland in the United Kingdom was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Jakarta in Indonesia was the most southerly.

Just over 30% of these observations were positive ones, including one observer who made observations over five nights. No sightings were made on November 9th and November 10th. The earliest reported sighting of new crescent moon this month was made from Jakarta in Indonesia with telescopic assistance on October 12th. The first naked eye report was made later on the same day from Trento in Italy.
Global distribution of observers for 2007 October 11 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2007 October 11 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2007 October 11 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided more than 66% of the observations for this month of which just over 27% were positive ones. Our earliest naked eye sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made from Coventry in the West Midlands on October 15th.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success due to poor weather until October 15th when an easy sighting of the new moon was made.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2007 November 09 New Moon:
A total of 68 observations were submitted during late November. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Uzbekistan, Mauritius, Italy, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Morocco and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Tashkent in Uzbekistan and from as far west as San Francisco, California in the United States. Inverness in Highland in the United Kingdom was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Port Louis in Mauritius was the most southerly.

Just over 47% of these observations were positive ones, including two observers who made observations over as many as five nights. No sightings were made on November 9th and November 10th. The earliest reported sighting of new crescent moon this month was made from Rio Rico in Arizona in the United States with the naked eye on November 11th.
Global distribution of observers for 2007 November 09 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2007 November 09 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2007 November 09 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided 50% of the observations for this month of which just under 53% were positive ones. Our earliest reported binocular sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made from Somersham in Huntingdonshire on November 12th followed an hour later by a naked eye sighting in Sherborne in Dorset.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success due to poor weather.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2007 December 09 New Moon:
A total of 95 observations were submitted during late December. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Indonesia, Mauritius, Egypt, Poland, Italy, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Morocco and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Yogyakarta in Indonesia and from as far west as Hayward, California in the United States. Forres in Morayshire in the United Kingdom was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Port Louis in Mauritius was the most southerly.

Just over 48% of these observations were positive ones, including two observers who made observations over as many as six nights. No sightings were made on December 9th. The earliest reported sighting of new crescent moon this month was made from Port Louis in Mauritius with binoculars on December 10th. The first naked eye observation was made the following day from Moqatam, Cairo in Egypt.
Global distribution of observers for 2007 December 09 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2007 December 09 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2007 December 09 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just over 67% of the observations for this month of which just over 59% were positive ones. Our earliest reported naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made from Bolton in Lancashire on December 11th. More sightings were reported the following day.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success due to poor weather until an east sighting was made on December 12th.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2008 January 08 New Moon:
A total of 84 observations were submitted during late January. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Indonesia, Poland, Italy, Belgium, Algeria, France, the United Kingdom, Spain, Ireland and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Parangkusumo Beach near Yogyakarta in Indonesia and from as far west as Oakland, California in the United States. Buckie in Banffshire in the United Kingdom was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Parangkusumo Beach in Indonesia was the most southerly.

Just under 48% of these observations were positive ones, including two observers who made observations over as many as five nights. No sightings were made on January 8th. The earliest reported sighting of new crescent moon this month was made from Parangkusumo Beach in Indonesia with binoculars on January 9th. The first naked eye observation was made the same day from Woonsocket, Rhode Island in the United States.
Global distribution of observers for 2008 January 08 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2008 January 08 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2008 January 08 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just over 63% of the observations for this month of which just over 41% were positive ones. Our earliest reported naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made from Leyland in Lancashire on January 10th. More sightings were reported later that day.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success due to poor weather.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2008 February 07 New Moon:
A total of 131 observations were submitted during late February. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Bahrain, Egypt, Italy, Belgium, Algeria, the United Kingdom, Spain, Ireland and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Manama in Bahrain and from as far west as Silverdale, Washington State in the United States. Inverness in Highland in the United Kingdom was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Manama in Bahrain was the most southerly.

Just over 85% of these observations were positive ones, including two observers who made observations over as many as five nights. The earliest reported sighting of new crescent moon this month was made from Ochelata in Oklahoma in the United States with binoculars on February 7th. The first naked eye observation was made the following day from Helwan, Cairo in Egypt.
Global distribution of observers for 2008 February 07 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2008 February 07 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2008 February 07 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just over 70% of the observations for this month of which 87% were positive ones. Our earliest reported naked-eye sightings of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom were made from Charnock Richard in Lancashire and Tiverton in Devon on February 8th. More sightings were reported later that day.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success due to poor weather.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2008 March 07 New Moon:
A total of 96 observations were submitted during late March. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included New Zealand, Iran, Jordan, Poland, Norway, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Guatemala and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Palmerston North in the North Island of New Zealand and from as far west as Hayward, California in the United States. Hammerfest in Norway was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Blenheim in the South Island of New Zealand was the most southerly.

Just under 65% of these observations were positive ones, including two observers who made observations over as many as five nights. No sightings were reported March 7th. The earliest reported sighting of new crescent moon this month was made from Ardakan in Iran with telescopic assistance on March 8th. The first naked eye observation was made on the same day in Guisborough, North Yorkshire in the United Kingdom following a binocular sighting.
Global distribution of observers for 2008 March 07 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2008 March 07 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2008 March 07 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just under 69% of the observations for this month of which just under 64% were positive ones. Our earliest reported naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made from Guisborough, North Yorkshire on March 8th. Many more sightings were reported on the following day.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success due to poor weather on March 7th and March 8th. A very easy sighting was made on March 9th.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2008 April 06 New Moon:
A total of 113 observations were submitted during late April. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Japan, India, Oman, Mauritius, Syria, Poland, Norway, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Guyana, Canada and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Tokyo in Japan and from as far west as Berkeley, California in the United States. Hammerfest in Norway was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Port Louis in Mauritius was the most southerly.

Just under 66% of these observations were positive ones, including one or two observers who made observations over as many as five nights. The earliest reported sighting of new crescent moon this month was made from Sayq in Oman on April 6th with binoculars and then by the naked eye. This sighting is an interesting one in that our current model would suggest that no sighting could be made from Oman on April 6th as the crescent lay beyond the Danjon limit. The only other successful observations were made in Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada and from the western United States on April 6th with binoculars and the naked eye. A naked eye sighting was also reported from Bakers Corner in Indiana.
Global distribution of observers for 2008 April 06 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2008 April 06 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2008 April 06 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just under 65% of the observations for this month of which just over 62% were positive ones. Our earliest reported naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made from Sittingbourne in Kent on April 7th. Many sightings were reported later on that evening.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success on April 6th but successfully the following night.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2008 May 05 New Moon:
A total of 115 observations were submitted during late May. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Japan, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Poland, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Venezuela and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Tokyo in Japan and from as far west as Burlington, Washington State in the United States. Inverness in Highland in Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Port Louis in Mauritius was the most southerly.

Just under 82% of these observations were positive ones, including two observers who made observations over as many as five nights. The earliest reported sighting of new crescent moon this month was made from the Barnsley area of West Yorkshire in the United Kingdom on May 5th with the naked eye. This sighting is an interesting one in that our current model would suggest that no sighting could be made from the United Kingdom on May 5th as the crescent lay beyond the Danjon limit. The only other reported sighting made on May 5th came from West Haven, Connecticut in the United States. This naked-eye sighting is also interesting in that our model suggests that this sighting would have required optical aid. Both sightings merit further study.
Global distribution of observers for 2008 May 05 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2008 May 05 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2008 May 05 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just over 72% of the observations for this month of which just under 81% were positive ones. Our earliest reported naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made from the Barnsley area, West Yorkshire on May 5th. Many sightings were reported on May 6th as the visibility of the Moon had become much easier by then.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success on May 5th but successfully on the following night.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2008 June 03 New Moon:
A total of 73 observations were submitted during late June. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Japan, Mauritius, Jordan, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Tokyo in Japan and from as far west as Hayward, California in the United States. Edinburgh in Midlothian, Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Port Louis in Mauritius was the most southerly.

Just over 63% of these observations were positive ones, including two observers who made observations over four nights. As expected, no sightings were made on June 3rd. Our earliest reported sighting of new crescent moon this month was made from the Morden area of Surrey in the United Kingdom on June 4th with the naked eye. Sightings with binocular assistance were also made in the United Kingdom and Ireland that day followed by naked eye sightings from the United States later on that day.
Global distribution of observers for 2008 June 03 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2008 June 03 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2008 June 03 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just under 59% of the observations for this month of which just over 60% were positive ones. Our earliest reported naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made from the Morden area in Surrey on June 4th. There were also binocular assisted sightings from Worthing in West Sussex, Guisborough in North Yorkshire and Union Hall, West Cork in Ireland that day. More sightings were reported on June 5th as the visibility of the Moon had become much easier by then.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success on June 4th due to poor weather but successfully on the following night.

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Global Observation Distribution for 2008 July 03 New Moon:
A total of 84 observations were submitted during late July. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Australia, Japan, Mauritius, Iran, Serbia, Italy, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Morocco and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Melbourne in Australia and from as far west as Burlington, Washington State in the United States. Edinburgh in Midlothian, Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Melbourne in Australia was the most southerly.

Just over 38% of these observations were positive ones, including one observer who made observations over five nights and four observers who made observations over four nights. Three sightings were made on July 3rd. Our earliest reported sighting of new crescent moon this month was made with the aid of binoculars from south of Heidarabad in the north west of Iran. Unfortunately, the data for the sighting are incomplete. The next was a telescopic sighting from Belgrade in Serbia by a first time observer and the third was a well-documented telescopic sighting from Union Hall in Ireland. It is interesting to note that all three of these sightings are east of the predicted limit for optically-assisted sightings with the current model. Despite a number of attempts to sight the new crescent moon with the naked eye from the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States, no other positive sightings were reported for July 3rd. The earliest naked-eye sighting was made from Port Louis in Mauritius on July 4th followed by sightings in Italy and the United States on the same day.
Global distribution of observers for 2008 July 03 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2008 July 03 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2008 July 03 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just under 67% of the observations for this month of which 25% were positive ones. Our earliest reported naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made from Deal in Kent on July 5th. There were also naked-eye sightings from Dorking in Surrey, Guisborough in Cleveland, York in North Yorkshire, Somersham in Huntingdonshire and Charnock Richard in Lancashire on the same day.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success due to poor weather conditions.

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Global Observation Distribution for 2008 August 01 New Moon:
A total of 71 observations were submitted during the first half of August. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Japan, Mauritius, Montenegro, Italy, Belgium, France, Algeria, the United Kingdom, Spain and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Tokyo in Japan and from as far west as Hayward, California in the United States. Linlithgow in West Lothian, Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Port Louis in Mauritius was the most southerly.

Just under 37% of these observations were positive ones, including one observer who made observations over six nights and another who made observations over nine nights! Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with the naked eye from the New Haven area of Connecticut in the United States on August 1st. It is interesting to note that this sighting is well to the east of the predicted limit for any type of sighting and also the Danjon limit with our current model. Despite a number of attempts to sight the new crescent moon, no other positive sightings were reported for August 1st. The next earliest sighting was made with binoculars and the naked eye from Port Louis in Mauritius on August 2nd followed by a similar one from Algeria and further naked-eye sightings from the United States on the same day.
Global distribution of observers for 2008 August 01 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2008 August 01 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2008 August 01 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just under 54% of the observations for this month of which only 13% were positive ones. Our earliest reported naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made from Plymouth in Devon on August 3rd followed by one at Gunwalloe, near Helston in Cornwall a few minutes later.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success due to poor weather conditions.

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Global Observation Distribution for 2008 August 30 New Moon:
A total of 85 observations were submitted during early September. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Australia, Japan, Philippines, Indonesia, India, Oman, Mauritius, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Azerbaijan, Jordan, Poland, Italy, Germany, Algeria, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Mexico, Canada and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Sydney in Australia and from as far west as Hayward, California in the United States. Edinburgh in West Lothian, Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Melbourne in Australia was the most southerly.

Just under 25% of these observations were positive ones, including one observer who made observations over four nights and another who made seven observations over two nights. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with a telescope from Jakarta in Indonesia on August 31st. It is interesting to note that this sighting is well to the east of the predicted limit for any type of sighting and also the Danjon limit with our current model. Despite a number of attempts to sight the new crescent moon, no other positive sightings were reported for August 31st. A naked-eye sighting was also made from Mexico City in Mexico in clear skies on the same day.
New crescent moon from Hayward, CA on 2008 September 1st at 19:55 PDT
The above photograph of the new crescent moon was taken by Doug Grandt on 2008 September 1st at approximately 19:55 PDT overlooking the San Mateo bridge and San Francisco Bay in California. Venus can be seen close to the top right of the image. The photograph below was taken by Jack Hassler on the same evening at 20:07 PDT from Soquel at the north end of Monterey Bay in California. Again, Venus can be seen in the top centre of the image. The planets Mars and Mercury were also within 5° of the new crescent moon that evening. Indeed, Mercury can be seen on the original image.
New crescent moon from Soquel, CA on 2008 September 1st at 20:07 PDT
Global distribution of observers for 2008 August 30 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2008 August 30 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2008 August 30 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just over 47% of the observations for this month of which just under 8% were positive ones. Our earliest reported naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made from the Southend-on-Sea area of Essex on September 3rd. It is interesting to note that the Moon was sighted with the aid of binoculars earlier that day in the early afternoon from Somersham in Huntingdonshire.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success due to poor weather conditions.

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Global Observation Distribution for 2008 September 29 New Moon:
A total of 96 observations were submitted during early October. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included New Zealand, Japan, India, Pakistan, Oman, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Algeria, France, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Venezuela, the United States and Canada. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Wellington in New Zealand and from as far west as Hayward, California in the United States. Inverness in Highland, Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Wellington in New Zealand was the most southerly.

Just over 26% of these observations were positive ones, including two observers who made observations over four nights and two more who made observations over five nights. Two reported sightings, one from Baghdad in Iraq and one from Muscat in Oman on September 29th took place shortly after local moon set when the Moon was approximately 6 hours old. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with the naked eye from Krugersdorp in South Africa on September 30th. It is interesting to note that two other sightings were reported from Naples in Italy and Manchester in the United Kingdom on the same day which lie beyond the predicted limit for any type of sighting and also beyond the Danjon limit with our current model.
Global distribution of observers for 2008 September 29 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2008 September 29 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2008 September 29 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just over 56% of the observations for this month of which just over 18% were positive ones. Our earliest reported binocular / naked eye sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made from Somersham in Huntingdonshire on October 2nd. It is interesting to note that the Moon was sighted with the naked eye only the following day from the Lancing area of West Sussex.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success due to poor weather conditions.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2008 October 28 New Moon:
A total of 69 observations were submitted during early November. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Japan, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Oman, Mauritius, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States and Canada. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Tokyo in Japan and from as far west as San Pablo, California in the United States. Forres in Morayshire, Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Port Louis in Mauritius was the most southerly.

Just over 33% of these observations were positive ones, including three observers who made observations over four nights and one who made observations over five nights. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with the naked eye from Colombo in Sri Lanka on October 30th. Naked-eye sightings were also reported from Muscat in Oman and Rio Rico, Arizona in the United States on the same day.
Global distribution of observers for 2008 October 28 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2008 October 28 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2008 October 28 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just under 54% of the observations for this month of which just over 24% were positive ones. Our earliest reported binocular sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made from Somersham in Huntingdonshire on October 31st followed half an hour later by a similar observation at Helston in Cornwall. It is interesting to note that the Moon was sighted with the naked eye the following day from Charnock Richard in Lancashire.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success due to poor weather conditions.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2008 November 27 New Moon:
A total of 76 observations were submitted during early December. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Japan, South Korea, Pakistan, Mauritius, Sudan, Jordan, South Africa, Italy, Belgium, France, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, Spain, Ireland, Morocco and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Tokyo in Japan and from as far west as Davis, California in the United States. Inverness in Highland, Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Cape Town in South Africa was the most southerly.

Half of the observations were positive ones, including two observers who made observations over four nights and two more who made observations over five nights. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with binoculars and the naked eye from Cape Town in South Africa on November 28th. A naked-eye sighting was also reported from Tucson, Arizona in the United States in clear skies on the same day.
Global distribution of observers for 2008 November 27 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2008 November 27 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2008 November 27 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just under 58% of the observations for this month of which just under 41% were positive ones. Our earliest reported naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made from Amble in Northumberland on November 30th followed forty minutes later by a similar observation at Helston in Cornwall.

Occultation of Venus on December 1st 2008 at 17:15 UT, Ash Priors, Somerset, UK

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success due to poor weather conditions. However, an easy sighting was made on 2008 December 1st just before the start of an occultation of Venus by the Moon. The Moon was sighted at 15:30 UT, approximately 10 minutes before Venus was hidden by the Moon. The photograph above was taken at 17:15 UT just as Venus reappeared across the lunar limb. The photograph below was taken some thirty minutes later. Jupiter can be seen at the top right of both photographs.

Occultation of Venus on December 1st 2008 at 17:45 UT, Ash Priors, Somerset, UK

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Global Observation Distribution for 2008 December 27 New Moon:
A total of 116 observations were submitted during early January. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Japan, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Israel, Poland, Italy, Algeria, Germany, Nigeria, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Morocco, the United States and Canada. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Tokyo in Japan and from as far west as Florin, California in the United States. Inverness in Highland, Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Port Louis in Mauritius was the most southerly.

Just under 52% of the observations were positive ones, including three observers who made observations over four nights and one more who made observations over five nights. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with binoculars and the naked eye from Port Louis in Mauritius on December 28th followed by another binocular sighting in Jerusalem, Israel shortly afterwards. A naked-eye sighting was also reported from Bauchi in Nigeria followed by another sighting at Crows Landing in California in the United States on the same day.
Global distribution of observers for 2008 December 27 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2008 December 27 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2008 December 27 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just over 54% of the observations for this month of which just under 59% were positive ones. Our earliest reported naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made from St. Andrews in Fife on December 28th followed a few minutes later by a similar observations from Burton-on-Trent in Staffordshire and Etchingham in East Sussex. It is interesting to note that all three of these sightings lie just beyond the predicted limit for any type of sighting and also beyond the Danjon limit with our current model. Naked-eye sightings were also made on December 29th from across the United Kingdom, the earliest of which was made from Inverness, Highland in Scotland.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success due to poor weather conditions until easy sightings were made on December 29th and December 30th.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2009 January 26 New Moon:
A total of 72 observations were submitted during early February. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Japan, Mauritius, Israel, Oman, Norway, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Algeria, France, United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States and Canada. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Tokyo in Japan and from as far west as Berkeley, California in the United States. Forres in Morayshire, Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Port Louis in Mauritius was the most southerly.

Just under 60% of the observations were positive ones, including four observers who made observations over four nights. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with binoculars and the naked eye from Port Louis in Mauritius on January 27th followed shortly afterwards by a telescope and naked-eye sighting in Muscat in Oman. A naked-eye sighting was also reported from Jerusalem in Israel followed by others in the United States and Canada on the same day.
Global distribution of observers for 2009 January 26 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2009 January 26 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2009 January 26 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just over 51% of the observations for this month of which just over 54% were positive ones. Our earliest reported naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made from Forres in Morayshire on January 28th followed over the next hour or so by several other naked-eye observations across the United Kingdom.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success due to poor weather conditions.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2009 February 25 New Moon:
A total of 75 observations were submitted during early March. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Japan, Oman, Nigeria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Algeria, France, United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States and Mexico. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Tokyo in Japan and from as far west as Berkeley, California in the United States. Ellon in Aberdeenshire, Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Bauchi in Nigeria was the most southerly.

Just over 57% of the observations were positive ones, including two observers who made observations over four nights. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with binoculars from Woonsocket, Rhode Island in the United States on February 25th. The first naked-eye sighting was reported from Bauchi in Nigeria on February 26th followed by others made in Algeria, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States and Mexico on the same day.
Global distribution of observers for 2009 February 25 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2009 February 25 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2009 February 25 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just under 58% of the observations for this month of which just over 59% were positive ones. Our earliest reported naked-eye sightings of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom were made at the same time from the Malvern area of Worcestershire and Bury in Greater Manchester on February 26th followed over the next hour or so by several other naked-eye observations across southern England and Wales.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success due to poor weather conditions until a very easy sighting was made on February 28th.

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Global Observation Distribution for 2009 March 26 New Moon:
A total of 104 observations were submitted during late March and early April. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Japan, Mauritius, South Africa, Norway, Nigeria, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States and Canada. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Tokyo in Japan and from as far west as Berkeley, California in the United States. Hammerfest in Norway was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Port Louis in Mauritius was the most southerly.

Just over 73% of the observations were positive ones, including four observers who made observations over four nights. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with naked eye from Tiverton, Devon in the United Kingdom on March 26th at 20:00 UT. This seems to be a case of mistaken identity as the time of local moonset was 18:52 UT. The next earliest sighting was made with the naked-eye from Hammerfest in Norway on March 27th followed by others made in France, the United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States on the same day.
Global distribution of observers for 2009 March 26 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2009 March 26 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2009 March 26 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just over 66% of the observations for this month of which just over 81% were positive ones. Excluding the sighting reported from Tiverton described above, our earliest reported naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made from Kettering in Northamptonshire on March 27th at 17:13 UT. As the Sun was still 10 degrees above the horizon, it seems rather unlikely that the crescent would have been visible in full daylight. A sighting was made using binoculars from Stoke-on-Trent at local sunset followed half an hour later by a naked eye sighting made from Nottingham along with several other observations from across the United Kingdom a few minutes later.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success due to poor weather conditions on March 26th. However, sightings were made successfully over the next three nights.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2009 April 25 New Moon:
A total of 107 observations were submitted during late April and early May. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Japan, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, United Arab Emirates, Poland, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Guyana, the United States, Mexico and Canada. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Tokyo in Japan and from as far west as Burlington, Washington State in the United States. Inverness, Highland in Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Port Louis in Mauritius was the most southerly.

Just over 64% of the observations were positive ones, including one observer who made observations over five nights and one over four nights. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made telescopically from Thirsk, North Yorkshire in the United Kingdom on April 25th at 20:10 UT. The next earliest sighting was made with the naked-eye from Orange, Connecticut in the United States later the same day followed by two more sightings in the United States from Between in Georgia and Burlington in Washington State.
Global distribution of observers for 2009 April 25 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2009 April 25 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2009 April 25 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just over 55% of the observations for this month of which just over 61% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting in the United Kingdom was made telescopically from Thirsk as described above. The first naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon was made from Sittingbourne in Kent at 19:08 UT at around sunset. Just over a dozen positive sightings were in the hour following this observation from across the United Kingdom.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success due to poor weather conditions.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2009 May 24 New Moon:
A total of 93 observations were submitted during late May and early June. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Japan, Sri Lanka, Oman, Mauritius, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Poland, Italy, Nigeria, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Algeria, Belgium, France, United Kingdom, Ireland, Guyana, United States and Canada. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Tokyo in Japan and from as far west as Burlington, Washington State in the United States. Inverness, Highland in Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Port Louis in Mauritius was the most southerly.

Some 57% of the observations were positive ones, including two observers who made observations over four nights. No positive sightings were sent in for 2009 May 24th. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with naked eye from Ruwais, Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates followed shortly afterwards by a sighting in Muscat in Oman. Sightings were also made the same day from Jordan, Algeria, Italy, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Guyana, the United States and Canada.
Global distribution of observers for 2009 May 24 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2009 May 24 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2009 May 24 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just under 55% of the observations for this month of which just over 61% were positive ones. Our earliest reported naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made from the Aberporth area of Cardiganshire in North Wales on May 25th at 21:18 UT.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success on May 24th and May 25th due to poor weather conditions and successfully on May 26th.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2009 June 22 New Moon:
A total of 95 observations were submitted during late June and early July. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries and regions included Japan, Australia, Sri Lanka, Poland, Nigeria, Germany, The Netherlands, Algeria, Belgium, France, United Kingdom, United States, Canada and the mid-Pacific Ocean area. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Tokyo in Japan and from as far west as the mid-Pacific Ocean area, south west of the Hawaiian Islands. Inverness, Highland in Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Perth in Western Australia was the most southerly.

Our special thanks go to Roz Savage who made several observations over three nights while on the second of three legs of her attempt to row solo across the Pacific Ocean from the United States to Australia. She left the Hawaiian Islands on May 24th 2009 heading for Tuvalu onboard her craft the "Brocade". My thanks to Doug Grandt for his assistance with her observations.

Just under 50% of the observations were positive ones, including several observers who made observations over three nights. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with naked eye from Craigavon, County Antrim in Northern Ireland at 21:20 UT on June 22nd. At the time of this sighting, the age of the Moon was 1.75 hours and the Moon itself was on the horizon raising the possibility that a misidentification may have been made. The next earliest sighting was made from Gunwalloe Cliffs, Mullion in Cornwall in the United Kingdom on June 23rd at 21:07 UT followed a few minutes later by an observation from Dorking in Surrey. Two observations were also reported from the United States later the same day.
Global distribution of observers for 2009 June 22 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2009 June 22 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2009 June 22 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just under 57% of the observations for this month of which just over 57% were positive ones. Excluding the sighting from Northern Ireland on June 22nd, our earliest reported naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made from Cornwall followed by one from Surrey as described above. Many sightings were also made on June 24th from across the United Kingdom.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success on June 22nd and June 23rd due to poor weather and successfully on June 24th.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2009 July 22 New Moon:
A total of 33 observations were submitted during late July and early August. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries and regions included Australia, Japan, India, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Italy, Nigeria, United Kingdom, United States, Canada and the mid-Pacific Ocean area. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Canberra in Australia and from as far west as the mid-Pacific Ocean area, about 250 miles north west of Howland Island. Malvern, Worcestershire in England was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Canberra in Australia was the most southerly.

Our special thanks go to Roz Savage who made several observations over four nights while on the second of three legs of her attempt to row solo across the Pacific Ocean from the United States to Australia.

Just over 39% of the observations were positive ones, including one observer who attempted observations over four nights. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with naked eye from Guwahati, Assam in India on July 23rd. No other positive sightings were reported for that day.
Global distribution of observers for 2009 July 22 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2009 July 22 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2009 July 22 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just over 24% of the observations for this month of which just under 38% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made with binoculars from Worthing in West Sussex followed a few minutes later by one made with the naked eye from Exeter in Devon.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success on July 22nd, July 23rd and July 24th en route from China to the United Kingdom after an unsuccessful attempt to see the total eclipse of the Sun on July 21st/22nd in Shanghai.

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Global Observation Distribution for 2009 August 20 New Moon:
A total of 81 observations were submitted during late August and early September. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries and regions included the Mid-Pacific Ocean, Brunei, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Oman, Mauritius, Kenya, South Africa, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Algeria, France, United Kingdom, United States, El Salvador and Canada. Observations came from longitudes as far east as the mid-Pacific Ocean region, approximately 300 miles west of Howland Island and from as far west as Marin County, California in the United States. Edinburgh in Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Hogsback in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa was the most southerly.

Once again, our thanks go to Roz Savage who made a successful observation while on the second of three legs of her attempt to row solo across the Pacific Ocean from the United States to Australia.

Just over 33% of the observations were positive ones, including one observer who attempted observations over five nights and three others who made observations over four nights. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with naked eye by Roz Savage from a location west of Howland Island on August 21st. Positive sightings were also reported from Galle in Sri Lanka, Port Louis in Mauritius, Hogsback in South Africa and Benisgeun in Algeria later that day in addition to a telescopic observation from Adam in Oman.
Global distribution of observers for 2009 August 20 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2009 August 20 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2009 August 20 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just over 38% of the observations for this month of which 29% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made with binoculars from Somersham, Huntingdonshire on August 22nd. The earliest naked eye sighting in the United Kingdom was made from Ottery St. Mary, Devon on August 24th.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success on August 20th to August 24th inclusive due to poor weather conditions.

Photograph by Mike Bryant of a Curtiss P-40M Kittyhawk and the 3-day old Moon on 23/08/2009 at Bournemouth Airshow, Dorset, UK

The photograph above was taken at the Bournemouth Airshow in Dorset on August 23rd 2009. Our thanks go to Mike Bryant for this unusual photograph. The aircraft featured is a Curtiss P-40M Kittyhawk (G-KITT) operated by the Hangar 11 Collection at North Weald in Essex with the 3-day old crescent Moon at the bottom right.

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Global Observation Distribution for 2009 September 18 New Moon:
A total of 48 observations were submitted during late September and early October. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Pakistan, Mauritius, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Denmark, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Nigeria, United Kingdom, Senegal, United States and Columbia. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Karachi in Pakistan and from as far west as Hayward, California in the United States. Edinburgh in Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Hogsback in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa was the most southerly.

Just over 29% of the observations were positive ones, including two observers who attempted observations over four nights and one who made observations over three nights. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with binoculars from Port Louis in Mauritius on September 19th followed shortly afterwards by a naked-eye sighting from Hogsback in South Africa. A sighting was also reported from Al Dammam in Saudi Arabia on September 19th. However, it would appear that this was a misidentification as the Moon was below the horizon at the reported time of observation. Later that same day, another naked-eye sighting was made from Bogota in Colombia.
Global distribution of observers for 2009 September 18 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2009 September 18 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2009 September 18 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just under 44% of the observations for this month of which just less than 10% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made with the naked eye from Ash Priors in Somerset on September 21st. Indeed, this is the only report of a positive sighting of the new crescent moon this month.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success on September 19th, 20th and 22nd due to poor weather. However, a positive sighting was made at 19:05 BST on September 21st from Ash Priors in Somerset. The Sun was almost exactly due west at an altitude of nearly 1° above the horizon and masked by cloud. The 4-day old Moon was easily visible, being 11% illuminated, at an altitude of just over 4°, nearly 40° to the left of the setting Sun.

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Global Observation Distribution for 2009 October 18 New Moon:
A total of 38 observations were submitted during late October and early November. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Mauritius, Oman, South Africa, Switzerland, The Netherlands, the Canary Islands, the United Kingdom, Canada, Uruguay and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Port Louis in Mauritius and from as far west as Hayward, California in the United States. Ord on the Isle of Skye in Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Hogsback in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa was the most southerly.

Just over 34% of the observations were positive ones, including one observer who attempted observations over six nights and two who made observations over three nights. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with a telescope from Sohar in Oman on October 19th followed about half an hour later by a naked-eye sighting from Port Louis in Mauritius. Sightings were also reported from Hogsback in South Africa, Rocha in Uruguay and Blacksburg, Virginia in the United States later that day.
Global distribution of observers for 2009 October 18 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2009 October 18 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2009 October 18 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just under 40% of the observations for this month of which 20% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made with the naked eye from Beccles in Suffolk on October 22nd.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success due to poor weather.

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Global Observation Distribution for 2009 November 16 New Moon:
A total of 44 observations were submitted during late November and early December. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Kenya, South Africa, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, Morocco, Canada and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Colombo in Sri Lanka and from as far west as Hayward, California in the United States. Edinburgh in Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Hogsback in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa was the most southerly.

Just under 57% of the observations were positive ones, including two observers who attempted observations over four nights and two who made observations over three nights. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with the naked eye from Marrakesh im Morocco on November 17th. However, it would appear that this was a misidentification as the Moon was just below the horizon at the reported time of observation. Excluding the Marrakesh sighting, the first naked-eye sighting was made from Colombo in Sri Lanka on November 18th followed by sightings from Lamu in Kenya and three more from the United States, namely, Odessa in Texas and Morro Bay and Hayward in California.
Global distribution of observers for 2009 November 16 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2009 November 16 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2009 November 16 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided 50% of the observations for this month of which just over 68% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made with the naked eye from Ottery St. Mary in Devon on November 19th followed a minute later from Southend-on-Sea in Essex.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success until November 20th.

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Global Observation Distribution for 2009 December 16 New Moon:
A total of 53 observations were submitted during late December and early January. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Pakistan, Jordan, Egypt, South Africa, The Netherlands, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Colombo in Sri Lanka and from as far west as Tucson, Arizona in the United States. Ord on the Isle of Skye in Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Hogsback in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa was the most southerly.

Just under 57% of the observations were positive ones, including one observer who attempted observations over seven nights and four who made observations over three nights. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with a combination of binoculars and the naked eye from Port Louis in Mauritius on December 17th. The first purely naked-eye sighting came from Blacksburg, Virginia in the United States later the same day. Other sightings on December 17th came from Odessa in Texas and Grand Junction in Colorado in the United States..
Global distribution of observers for 2009 December 16 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2009 December 16 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2009 December 16 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just under 45% of the observations for this month of which just less than 10% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made with the naked eye from Clipston-on-the-Wolds in Nottinghamshire on December 18th.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success until December 20th.

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Global Observation Distribution for 2010 January 15 New Moon:
A total of 56 observations were submitted during late January. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included China, Mauritius, Jordan, Israel, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Jamaica, the United States and Canada. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Macau in China and from as far west as Coaldale, Alberta in Canada. Ellon, Aberdeenshire in Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Port Louis in Mauritius was the most southerly.

Just under 63% of the observations were positive ones, including one observer who attempted observations over four nights and three who made observations over three nights. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with the naked eye from Lijiang in China on January 15th.
Global distribution of observers for 2010 January 15 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2010 January 15 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2010 January 15 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided over 66% of the observations for this month of which just over 62% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made with binoculars from Gunwalloe Cliffs, Mullion in Cornwall on January 16th. The earliest purely naked-eye sighting came from Nottingham just over an hour later on the same day.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success due poor weather.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2010 February 14 New Moon:
A total of 48 observations were submitted during late February. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included the Fiji Islands, Jordan, Germany, Switzerland, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Suva in the Fiji Islands and from as far west as Berkeley, California in the United States. Ellon, Aberdeenshire in Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Suva in the Fiji Islands was the most southerly.

Just under 65% of the observations were positive ones, including one observer who attempted observations over four nights and three who made observations over three nights. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with the naked eye from Amman in Jordan on February 15th.
Global distribution of observers for 2010 February 14 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2010 February 14 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2010 February 14 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just under 71% of the observations for this month of which just under 59% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made with the naked eye from Gunwalloe Cliffs, Mullion in Cornwall on February 15th.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success due poor weather.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2010 March 15 New Moon:
A total of 72 observations were submitted during late March. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Japan, Taiwan, Abu Dhabi, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Germany, Switzerland, Nigeria, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Tokyo in Japan and from as far west as Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico in the United States. Alford, Aberdeenshire in Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Port Lagos in Nigeria was the most southerly.

Just under 57% of the observations were positive ones, including three observers who attempted observations over four nights and one who made observations over three nights. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with the naked eye from Woonsocket, Rhode Island on March 16th.
Global distribution of observers for 2010 March 15 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2010 March 15 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2010 March 15 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided over 40% of the observations for this month of which just under 52% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made with naked eye from Morden in Greater London on March 17th at 18:31 (GMT) followed one minute later by similar sightings in Dorking in Surrey and Ash Priors in Somerset.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were successful on March 17th at 18:32 (GMT) as noted above.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2010 April 14 New Moon:
A total of 61 observations were submitted during late April. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Japan, the Philippines, Mauritius, Israel, Greece, Serbia, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States and Canada. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Tokyo in Japan and from as far west as Burlington, Washington State in the United States. Edinburgh in Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Port Louis in Mauritius was the most southerly.

Just under 74% of the observations were positive ones, including one observer who attempted observations over four nights and one who made observations over three nights. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with binoculars and the naked eye from Givat Shmuel, Israel on April 15th and the first naked eye sighting was made from Liestal in Switzerland later the same day.
Global distribution of observers for 2010 April 14 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2010 April 14 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2010 April 14 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided over 57% of the observations for this month of which just over 77% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made with naked eye from both Leigh-on-Sea in Essex and Ashford in Kent on April 15th at 20:20 (BST).

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were obtained on each night in the period April 14-17 inclusive. The first successful sighting was made on April 15th at 20:24 (BST).

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2010 May 14 New Moon:
A total of 85 observations were submitted during late May. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included the Solomon Sea, Japan, Taiwan, Pakistan, Oman, Mauritius, Kenya, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States and Venezuela. Observations came from longitudes as far east as the Solomon Sea and from as far west as Santa Rosa, California in the United States. Ord on the isle of Skye in Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Port Louis in Mauritius was the most southerly.

Just over 67% of the observations were positive ones, including one observer who attempted observations over five nights, one who made observations over four nights and two who made observations over three nights. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with the naked eye from Troy in Ohio in the United States on May 14th.
Global distribution of observers for 2010 May 14 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2010 May 14 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2010 May 14 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided under 59% of the observations for this month of which 78% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made with the naked eye from Ottery St. Mary, Devon at 20:22 (BST) on May 15th.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were obtained on each night in the period May 15-17 inclusive. The first successful sighting was made on May 15th at 21:12 (BST).

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2010 June 12 New Moon:
A total of 53 observations were submitted during June. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Japan, Mauritius, the Baltic Sea, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Uruguay, and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Tokyo in Japan and from as far west as Hayward, California in the United States. The Baltic Sea between Denmark and Sweden was the most northerly location at which an observation was made and Port Louis in Mauritius was the most southerly.

Just under 55% of the observations were positive ones, including one observer who attempted observations over five nights and two who made observations over three nights. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with the naked eye from Port Louis in Mauritius on June 13th.
Global distribution of observers for 2010 June 12 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2010 June 12 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2010 June 12 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided under 40% of the observations for this month of which just over 51% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made with the naked-eye from Coventry in the West Midlands on June 14th.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were successful on June 15th at 20:40 (BST).

Photograph by Eileen Armstrong of the Cuillin Hills on the Isle of Skye and a 2.5-day old Moon on 14/06/2010 at 23:00 (BST)

The photograph above was taken from Ord on the Sleat Peninsula, on the Isle of Skye, Scotland on June 14th 2010 at 23:00 (BST). Our thanks go to Eileen Armstrong for this photograph of a 2.5 day-old new crescent Moon setting over the Cuillin Hills.

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Global Observation Distribution for 2010 July 11 New Moon:
A total of 44 observations were submitted during July. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Australia, Japan, Oman, Mauritius, Abu Dhabi, Jordan, Nigeria, Switzerland, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Uruguay and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Sydney in Australia and from as far west as Berkeley, California in the United States. Alford, Aberdeenshire in Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Sydney in Australia was the most southerly.

Just over 34% of the observations were positive ones, including one observer who attempted observations over four nights and four who made observations over three nights. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with with binoculars and the naked eye from Abu Dhabi on July 13th. The first naked eye sighting was made from Attica in New York State later the same day.
Global distribution of observers for 2010 July 11 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2010 July 11 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2010 July 11 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just over 27% of the observations for this month of which 25% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made with the naked eye from Dorking, Surrey on July 14th.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success due poor weather.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2010 August 10 New Moon:
A total of 59 observations were submitted during August. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Pakistan, Oman, Mauritius, Dubai, Bahrain, Jordan, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Ireland, United States and Canada. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Karachi in Pakistan and from as far west as Berkeley, California in the United States. Guisborough, Cleveland in England was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Port Louis in Mauritius was the most southerly.

Just under 34% of the observations were positive ones, including two observers who attempted observations over four nights and three who made observations over three nights. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with the naked eye from Karachi in Pakistan on August 11th.
Global distribution of observers for 2010 August 10 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2010 August 10 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2010 August 10 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided under 56% of the observations for this month of which just over 27% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made with the naked eye in daylight from Ash Priors in Somerset on August 12th.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted on each night in the period August 10-13 inclusive. The first successful sighting was made in daylight on August 12th at 19:08 (BST).

Photograph by Steve Bell of a 63-hour old Moon on 12/08/2010 at 19:08 BST from Ash Priors, Somerset

The photograph above was taken from Ash Priors in Somerset on August 12th at 19:08 (BST) by Steve Bell. It shows a daylight sighting of a 63-hour old crescent Moon (close to the centre of the photograph) setting in the south-western sky. The crescent moon is 10.4% illuminated and is 17.6° above the horizon. The Sun is 13.1° above the horizon some 38° of azimuth further to the north.

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Global Observation Distribution for 2010 September 08 New Moon:
A total of 62 observations were submitted during September. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included India, Pakistan, Oman, Mauritius, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt, Italy, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Algeria, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, the United States and Canada. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Delhi in India and from as far west as Grand Junction, Colorado in the United States. Bishop Auckland, County Durham in England was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Port Louis in Mauritius was the most southerly.

Just over 40% of the observations were positive ones, including two observers who attempted observations over five nights, one who made observations over four nights and one who made observations over three nights. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with the naked eye from Aurangabad in India on September 9th.
Global distribution of observers for 2010 September 08 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2010 September 08 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2010 September 08 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided over 40% of the observations for this month of which 24% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made from Ash Priors, Somerset on September 11th.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted on each night in the period September 9-12 inclusive. The first successful sighting was made in daylight on September 11th at 18:30 (BST).

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2010 October 07 New Moon:
A total of 55 observations were submitted during October. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Japan, South Korea, Oman, Mauritius, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Tokyo in Japan and from as far west as Berkeley, California in the United States. Ord, Sleat on the Isle of Skye in Scotland was the most northerly location at which an observation was made and Port Louis in Mauritius was the most southerly.

Just under 62% of the observations were positive ones, including one observer who attempted observations over four nights and five who made observations over three nights. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with binoculars from Blacksburg, Virginia in the United States on October 8th. The earliest naked-eye sighting came from Seoul in South Korea on October 9th.
Global distribution of observers for 2010 October 07 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2010 October 07 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2010 October 07 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just over 67% of the observations for this month of which just under 59% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made with the naked-eye from Gunwalloe Cliffs, Mullion, Cornwall on October 9th.

On a personal note, a daylight observation of this crescent moon was made on October 11th at 15:46 (BST).

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2010 November 06 New Moon:
A total of 68 observations were submitted during mid-November. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Japan, Indonesia, Oman, Mauritius, South Africa, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States and Canada. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Tokyo in Japan and from as far west as Berkeley, California in the United States. Alford, Aberdeenshire in Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Hogsback in the Eastern Cape of South Africa was the most southerly.

Just over 60% of the observations were positive ones, including one observer who attempted observations over six nights and three who made observations over three nights. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with the telescopic assistance from Al-Fulaij Observatory in Oman on November 7th, followed shortly afterwards by an observation with binoculars from Port Louis in Mauritius. The first naked-eye sighting came from Hogsback in South Africa on November 7th.
Global distribution of observers for 2010 November 06 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2010 November 06 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2010 November 06 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided over 48% of the observations for this month of which just under 58% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made with the naked eye from Ord, Isle of Skye in Scotland on November 9th. An honourable mention goes to a naked-eye sighting made at Union Hall, Cork in Ireland on November 8th.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success due poor weather until a sighting was made on November 9th some ten minutes after the sighting reported from the Isle of Skye.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2010 December 05 New Moon:
A total of 62 observations were submitted during mid-December. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Japan, South Korea, India, Pakistan, Mauritius, Iran, Jordan, Israel, The Netherlands, France, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Tokyo in Japan and from as far west as Hayward, California in the United States. Alford, Aberdeenshire in Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Florianopolis in Brazil was the most southerly.

Just under 68% of the observations were positive ones, including one observer who attempted observations over five nights and two who made observations over four nights. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with the binoculars and the naked eye from Port Louis in Mauritius on December 6th. The first naked-eye sighting was made from Seoul in South Korea on December 7th.
Global distribution of observers for 2010 December 05 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2010 December 05 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2010 December 05 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just under 52% of the observations for this month of which just under 72% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made with the naked eye from Malvern in Worcestershire on December 7th followed less than half an hour later by a naked-eye sighting from Union Hall, Cork in Ireland.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success due poor weather until a very easy sighting was made on December 8th.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2011 January 04 New Moon:
A total of 73 observations were submitted during the first half of January. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Japan, Oman, Mauritius, Kenya, Switzerland, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Tokyo in Japan and from as far west as Kula on Maui in the Hawaiian Islands. Inverness in the Highland region in Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Port Louis in Mauritius was the most southerly.

Just over 57% of the observations were positive ones, including one observer who attempted observations over six nights, one over five nights and one over four nights. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with the telescopic assistance from Al-Fulaij Observatory in Oman on January 5th, followed shortly afterwards by an observation with binoculars from Port Louis in Mauritius. The first naked-eye sighting came from Lamu in Kenya on January 5th.
Global distribution of observers for 2011 January 04 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2011 January 04 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2011 January 04 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just over 57% of the observations for this month of which 50% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made with the naked eye from Pittenweem, Fife in Scotland on January 6th.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success due poor weather.

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Global Observation Distribution for 2011 February 03 New Moon:
A total of 69 observations were submitted during the first half of February. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included New Zealand, Japan, China, Kenya, Nigeria, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Guyana, The Bahamas, the United States and Canada. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Nelson in New Zealand and from as far west as Hayward, California in the United States. Ord, Isle of Skye in Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Nelson in New Zealand was the most southerly.

Just over 55% of the observations were positive ones, including one observer who attempted observations over five nights and two who made observations over four nights. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with the binoculars from Central Park, New York in the United States on February 3rd. The earliest naked-eye sighting came from Calgary, Alberta in Canada on February 3rd.
Global distribution of observers for 2011 February 03 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2011 February 03 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2010 February 03 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided over 39% of the observations for this month of which just under 41% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made with the naked eye from Ord, Isle of Skye in Scotland on February 5th.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success due poor weather.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2011 March 04 New Moon:
A total of 61 observations were submitted during the first half of March. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included New Zealand, Japan, China, Oman, Mauritius, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, The Bahamas, the United States and Canada. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Auckland in New Zealand and from as far west as Hayward, California in the United States. Ord, Isle of Skye in Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Auckland in New Zealand was the most southerly.

Just over 70% of the observations were positive ones, including three observers who attempted observations over three nights and ten who made observations on two nights. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with the naked eye from Tokyo in Japan on March 6th.
Global distribution of observers for 2011 March 04 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2011 March 04 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2011 March 04 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided over 57% of the observations for this month of which just over 74% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made with the naked eye from Coventry in the West Midlands on March 6th followed by another ten observers within the next hour.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success on March 5th and successfully on March 6th less than 10 minutes after the Coventry sighting.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2011 April 03 New Moon:
A total of 58 observations were submitted during the first half of April. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Japan, Uganda, Nigeria, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Tokyo in Japan and from as far west as Berkeley, California in the United States. Edinburgh, Midlothian in Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Kampala in Uganda was the most southerly.

Just under 59% of the observations were positive ones, including one observer who attempted observations over five nights and one who made observations over four nights. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with the naked eye from Tucson, Arizona in the United States on April 4th.
Global distribution of observers for 2011 April 03 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2011 April 03 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2011 April 03 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided over 53% of the observations for this month of which just over 61% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made on April 3rd from London. This would imply a naked-eye sighting of a four-hour old crescent moon a few minutes before sunset at an altitude of less than 3° above the horizon and only 5° away from the Sun. It would seem this sighting was a misidentification of another phenomenon. Our next sighting was made with the naked eye on April 6th from Dunmow in Essex followed the same night by another fourteen observers.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success until one made on April 6th, about one and half hours after the sighting made from Dunmow.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2011 May 03 New Moon:
A total of 53 observations were submitted during the first half of May. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries and locations included Taiwan, the Indian Ocean (approximately 180 miles north west of Geraldton, Western Australia), Kenya, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, The Bahamas and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as New Taipei in Taiwan and from as far west as Berkeley, California in the United States. Garmouth, Morayshire in Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and aboard the Sedna Solo in the Indian Ocean off the west coast of Australia was the most southerly.

More than 58% of the observations were positive ones, including one observer who attempted observations over six nights and one who made observations over four nights. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with the naked eye from Lamu in Kenya on May 4th.
Global distribution of observers for 2011 May03 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2011 May 03 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2011 May 03 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just under 57% of the observations for this month of which 40% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made with the naked eye from Morpeth in Northumberland on May 4th followed a few minutes later by another naked-eye sighting from Duns, Berwickshire in the Scottish Borders.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted without success due poor weather.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2011 June 01 New Moon:
A total of 56 observations were submitted during the first half of June. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Japan, Mauritius, Kenya, South Africa, Turkey, Switzerland, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Tokyo in Japan and from as far west as Asheville, North Carolina in the United States. Garmouth, Morayshire in Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Richards Bay, Kwazulu Natal in South Africa was the most southerly.

Just under 61% of the observations were positive ones, including one observer who attempted observations over six nights and one who made observations over three nights. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with binoculars and the naked eye from Port Louis in Mauritius on June 3rd. The first naked-eye sighting came from Lamu in Kenya later that same day.
Global distribution of observers for 2011 June 1 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2011 June 1 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2011 June 1 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just under 61% of the observations for this month of which just under 56% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made with the naked eye from Leigh-on-Sea, Essex on June 3rd.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted on June 3rd when a successful sighting was made about three quarters of an hour after the Leigh-on-Sea sighting.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2011 July 01 New Moon:
A total of 52 observations were submitted during the first half of July. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries and locations included Japan, The Philippines, the eastern Indian Ocean approximately 600 miles south west of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Mauritius, Kenya, Switzerland, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Brazil and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Tokyo in Japan and from as far west as Hayward, California in the United States. Garmouth, Morayshire in Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and aboard the Sedna Solo in the eastern Indian Ocean was the most southerly.

Just over 40% of the observations were positive ones, including one observer who attempted observations over six nights, one who made observations over four nights and two who made observations over three nights. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with the naked eye from Montes Claros in northern Minas Gerais state in Brazil on July 2nd.
Global distribution of observers for 2011 July 1 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2011 July 1 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2011 July 1 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just under 54% of the observations for this month of which 25% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made with the binoculars and the naked eye from Worthing, West Sussex on July 3rd and four minutes later with the naked eye only from Ash Priors, Somerset.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted on July 1st and 2nd and on July 3rd when a successful sighting was made a few minutes after the Worthing sighting.

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Global Observation Distribution for 2011 July 30 New Moon:
A total of 43 observations were submitted during the last part of July and the beginning of August. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries and locations included New Zealand, Japan, China, Sri Lanka, India, Mauritius, Italy, Algeria, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Canada, Venezuela and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Dunedin in South Island of New Zealand and from as far west as Sacramento, California in the United States. Edinburgh, Midlothian in Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Dunedin in New Zealand was the most southerly.

Just over 44% of the observations were positive ones, including two observers who attempted observations over three nights. A telescopic observation of the new moon at an age of 5.1 hours was reported from Barquisimeto in Venezuela on July 30th. However, the reported time of the observation was after local moonset. This observation must be treated as possible misidentification and/or an error in reporting the sighting. Our earliest reported naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made from Dunedin in New Zealand on August 1st.
Global distribution of observers for 2011 July 30 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2011 July 30 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2011 July 30 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just over 37% of the observations for this month of which just over 31% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made with the naked eye from Ash Priors, Somerset on August 3rd.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were not possible due to poor weather conditions until a successful daylight sighting was made at 19:00 BST on August 3rd.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2011 August 29 New Moon:
A total of 43 observations were submitted during the last part of August and the beginning of September. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries and locations included Australia, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Mauritius, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Norway, Algeria, the United Kingdom, Venezuela and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Perth in Western Australia and from as far west as Hayward, California in the United States. Rykkin, near Oslo, in Norway was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Perth in Australia was the most southerly.

Just under 42% of the observations were positive ones, including three observers who attempted observations over two nights. Two sightings were reported on August 29th. A naked-eye sighting of the Moon was reported from Basra, Iraq when both the Sun and the 10.8 hour-old crescent moon were approximately 20° above the horizon. A sighting using binoculars and the naked eye was reported from Ghardaia in Algeria when both the Sun and the 15.4 hour-old crescent moon were approximately 4° below the horizon. In both cases, these reports must be treated as possible misidentifications and/or errors in reporting the sightings. Excluding these sightings, our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon this month was made with the naked eye from Perth in Australia on August 30th.
Global distribution of observers for 2011 August 29 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2011 August 29 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2011 August 29 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just under 42% of the observations for this month of which just under 42% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made with the naked eye from Ash Priors, Somerset on September 1st.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were not possible due to poor weather conditions until August 31st which resulted in a null sighting. A successful daylight sighting was made at 18:26 BST on September 1st.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2011 September 27 New Moon:
A total of 66 observations were submitted during the last part of September and the beginning of October. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Japan, Australia, Mauritius, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Tokyo in Japan and from as far west as Summer Lake, Oregon in the United States. Garmouth in Morayshire, Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia was the most southerly.

Just under 41% of the observations were positive ones, including one observer who attempted observations over six nights and four who made observations over three nights. Our earliest reported sighting was made from Port Louis in Mauritius with binoculars and the naked eye on September 28th. The earliest reported naked-eye sighting was made from Eldon, Missouri later the same day.
Global distribution of observers for 2011 September 27 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2011 September 27 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2011 September 27 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just under 58% of the observations for this month of which just under 32% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made with the naked eye from Morden, Surrey on September 29th.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted on September 29th without success in poor conditions. However a daylight sighting was made on September 30th at 17:57 BST and a second one was made the following day at 17:50 BST.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2011 October 26 New Moon:
A total of 38 observations were submitted during the end of October and the beginning of November. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included Japan, the United Arab Emirates, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Canada, the United States and Mexico. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Tokyo in Japan and from as far west as Morro Bay, California in the United States. Edinburgh in Midlothian, Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Montezuma in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil was the most southerly.

50% of the observations were positive ones, including two observers who attempted observations over five nights and one who made observations over three nights. Our earliest reported sighting was made from Montezuma in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil with the naked eye on October 27th.
Global distribution of observers for 2011 October 26 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2011 October 26 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2011 October 26 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just over 42% of the observations for this month of which just over 37% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made with the naked eye from Exeter, Devon on October 28th.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were attempted on October 26th and 27th without success in poor conditions. However a sighting was made on October 28th in civil twilight in a narrow band of thin cloud.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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Global Observation Distribution for 2011 November 25 New Moon:
A total of 61 observations were submitted during the end of November and the beginning of December. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries included New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Jordan, South Africa, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, Spain, Ireland, the United States, Canada, Venezuela and Mexico. Observations came from longitudes as far east as Tauranga in the North Island of New Zealand and from as far west as Rocklin, California in the United States. Alford in Aberdeenshire, Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and Tauranga in New Zealand was the most southerly.

Just over 72% of the observations were positive ones, including three observers who attempted observations over three nights and four who made observations over two nights. Our earliest reported sighting was made from Tauranga in the North Island of New Zealand with the naked eye on November 26th.
Global distribution of observers for 2011 November 25 New Moon
UK Observation Distribution for 2011 November 25 New Moon:
UK distribution of observers for 2011 November 25 New Moon
The map to the left shows the distribution of UK-based observers denoted by the red dots. The United Kingdom provided just over 44% of the observations for this month of which just over 81% were positive ones. Our earliest reported sighting of the new crescent moon in the United Kingdom was made with the naked eye from Stokesley, Middlesborough in Cleveland on November 26th followed ten minutes later by another naked-eye sighting from Preston in Lancashire.

On a personal note, observations of this crescent moon were clouded out on November 26th. However a sighting was made on November 27th in civil twilight in clear conditions.

Our thanks to all those who submitted their observations.
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