A budding astrophotographer took this image of the crescent moon from the Pacific Northwest.
John Nelson took the image on May 31 using a Canon 60D camera attached to an Explore Scientific 127mm telescope. Nelson had long-planned to take a photo of the crescent moon.
"I took up astrophotography last year and have been fairly steep on the learning curve ever since. One image I've always wanted to capture was the new crescent moon. This past May the skies cleared over the Pacific Northwest and I had the opportunity," Nelson wrote in an email to Space.com.
The moon is a sphere that travels once around the Earth every 29.5 days. As it does so, it is illuminated from varying angles by the sun. A crescent moon is part way between a half moon and a new moon, or between a new moon and a half moon. [Moon Phases Explained (Infographic)]
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Nina Sen is a freelance writer and producer who covered night sky photography and astronomy for Space.com. She began writing and producing content for Space.com in 2011 with a focus on story and image production, as well as amazing space photos captured by NASA telescopes and other missions. Her work also includes coverage of amazing images by astrophotographers that showcase the night sky's beauty.