Who will be the first to spot the April New Moon with naked eyes after sunset? The Dark Moon will be in geocentric longitudinal conjunction with the Sun on 2009 APR 25 at 03:23 UT (24 at 22:23 CDT).
Weíre still in that portion of the year which is favorable for spotting a really young Moon from the northern hemisphere. Itís possible that some North Americans will observe the Moon aged less than 24 hours on April 25. The 1% illuminated crescent will appear U-shaped as though it were the Cheshire Catís smile.
Iíve created a graphic previewing the west-northwestern sky as viewed from Chicagoland 25 minutes after sunset on April 25, although it should well serve most North American observers. It displays the Moon about 9į to the lower right of magnitude +0.2 Mercury. It can be seen by clicking: http://www.curtrenz.com/astronomical.html
Photos or descriptions of the April New Moon would be welcome additions to this thread. Please include the date, time, time zone and location. Good Luck!
Immediately below is a photo I took from Arlington Heights, Illinois on 2009 MAR 27 (last month) of the Moon aged 32:46 hours. Below that is a photo I took from the same location two years earlier on 2007 MAR 19 of the Moon aged 21:45 hours, which is the youngest Iíve seen it.