Categories: Astrophotos

Astrophotos: Christmas Crescent Moon from Around the World


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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