The new crescent moon of Ramadan 1437 (2016) was seen this evening by a group of crescent chasers on top the northern Santa Cruz Mountains in Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve. The sky was somewhat foreboding as it laced itself with clouds right where we expected the moon.
At about 8:45 pm, one of the chasers thought he saw it but he lost it in the clouds as the clouds moved. Then at about 8:55 pm we re-established its sighting as it once again re-emerged from the clouds. Several in the group of about 15 to 20 onlookers were able to see it.
A fine a moon as I have ever seen, it was incredibly thin in a dim sky. Once we had it in our sites, I trained the camera on it and made four images. This one shows it best.
The sight of the new moon never ceases to amaze me. This one literally took my breath away when I saw it. I wish the photo could convey what I felt.