Astrophotos: Christmas Crescent Moon from Around the World

Article written: 26 Dec , 2011
Updated: 26 Apr , 2016


A beautiful crescent Moon graced the morning and evening skies over the past holiday weekend, and skywatchers around the world were out with with their cameras! Above, Suraky from British Columbia, Canada took this lovely image of the waning sliver of the Moon from his bedroom window. “The Moon was lit by Earthshine on the dark side, at 7am, with Baker poking out between the trees,” he commented on the image.

See more from other astrophotographers below.

The crescent Moon and Ashby's Mill in the UK. Credit: Owen Llewellyn

Owen Llewellyn from the UK shared this beautiful shot, taken on Dec. 26, 2011.

Mercury showed up in the twilight colors few degrees above a wonderful 4% slender crescent Moon “close” to the Basilica of Superga. Credit: Stefano De Rosa

Stefano De Rosa took this image on Dec. 23, 2011 showing the crescent Moon hovering over the Bascilica of Superga in Turin, Italy.

A tiny sliver of the crescent Moon is barely visible in this image taken on Dec. 26, 2011 at Hernesaari, Helsinki, Finland. Credit: Otto J. Mäkelä

Otto J. Mäkelä from Finland shared this image via Twitter.

xtremely thin lunar crescent (1% lit, 22hrs old) seen from Croatia on Dec. 25, 2011. Credit: Marko Posavec in Koprivnica, Croatia.

Marko Posavec from Croatia also sent this one via Twitter of a very thin lunar crescent.

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5 Responses

  1. Otto Mäkelä says

    Question: why is the crescent the wrong way around in the Italian picture?

    • Traian Emanuel Abrudan says

      Indeed, something must be wrong. Either the picture was taken is in the southern hemisphere, flipped image or fake. I cannot see another explanation.

  2. Niki Giada says

    Ancora la Basilica di Superga?! Still the Basilica of Superga?!

  3. Anonymous says

    The crescent Moon in twilight sky over landscape silhouette is really lovely. At first glance, it did not impress; but in click of closer look, it became frame-able art (nicely balanced!). So too, I thought, the branch-work-silhouette of winter at Ashby’s Mill, under sky of subtle hues.

  4. Bharath Purtipli says

    Ooh ! Anorexic Moon ! Creepy !

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