I woke at 4.30am and noticed the clouds from the previous night were clearing. By 5.30am I was outside with the telescope and CCD camera and grabbed a series of movies which were assembled into this:
Click here to see the high resolution version on Flickr. You should click to zoom in when you get there!
This is how the moon looks 25 days after new moon. The phase (illuminated fraction) of the moon is 18%. We're in the period between full moon and new moon where the illuminated portion is getting smaller (called waning).
I've not taken a picture of the waning crescent at such high resolution before. It requires a clear sky and a very early morning....and I'm not a morning person. However, to see the Bay of Rainbows (the semi-circular shaped feature towards the top) as the shadows lengthen at local sunset was a joy!
Dr Adrian Jannetta
Guitar strummin' explorer of the universe. Mild mannered maths teacher by day and astronomer by night.