A thin, one day old
crescent Moon hugged the western horizon
after sunset on Monday, December 6.
The Moon also occulted or passed in
front of Mars.
But only some well-placed skygazers along
a band through North America were able to catch
this lunar occultation's
final act in fading twilight.
For example, this telephoto image
nicely captures the Mars as a pinprick of light,
shortly after it emerged from behind the crescent Moon's sunlit edge.
The luminous skyview is from De Soto, Kansas in the central US.
Of course, this month's upcoming
total lunar eclipse
will entertain a much wider audience of
Moon enthusiasts during the
night of December 20/21.