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Here’s something else to look for on a 1st quarter moon. Aqilla Othman in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, caught this photo. Notice that she caught Lunar X and Lunar V. These are similar features on the moon that fleetingly take an X or V shape when the moon appears in a 1st quarter phase from Earth.

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Mars is the very bright orange object in the center of this photo, taken March 19, 2018. The Trifid Nebula is on the left, and the Lagoon Nebula is on the right, in this photo by Muzamir Mazlan. Sony A7s camera, Vixen ED103s telescope, Paramount MEII mounting, 39x30sec (ISO5000) stack with deepsky stacker and PS6

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Extremely young moon – just over 15 hours, in daylight – caught on November 8, 2018, by Sarah Nordin at Telok Kemang Observatory in Port Dickson, Malaysia. Camera: Nikon D300s. Telescope: Takahashi TOA-150. Camera setting: ISO160_1/640s_RAW file. Congratulations, Sarah!

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Nurul Fathin wrote, “An optical effect called the ‘Japanese Lantern.’ This image was taken during the eclipse of July 28, 2018, at about 3:24 a.m. at the Telok Kemang Observatory in Port Dickson, Malaysia.”

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Here’s a comparison between the December 3, 2017, full moon at perigree (closest to Earth for the month) and 2017’s farthest full moon in June at apogee (farthest from Earth for the month) by Muzamir Mazlan at Telok Kemang Observatory, Port Dickson, Malaysia. It would have been tough for the eye to discern this difference because these 2 full moons fell half a year apart. But some observers say it’s possible.

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Earthshine effect can be seen along with few stars. Look closer at those tiny gems sparkling along the moon’s edge near to Tycho crater. Each is either a mountain peak or the top of a crater catching the first rays of the sun light. Don’t mistake it as a star!

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