Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Newest new moon ever....

How new can a new moon be? Well astro-photographer Thierry Legault has captured a new moon at the instant it became new - the thinnest crescent of the Moon ever seen....


The bumps and wiggles are caused by the mountains and valleys on the Moon's surface. New moons this young are usually never seen because they happen so close to the Sun, and generally it's a bad idea to point your telescope at the Sun because your eyeball gets cooked.

But Legault designed a system that blocks out the Sun's light, making this ultra-new moon visible for the first time....