The new Moon (Hilal)


Some of my friends were asking me about Hilal (the new moon). Can it be seen tomorrow in our sky (Muscat-Oman). Well the answer is yes. I have used the Starry Night Pro to see whether it will be visible  in our sky or not before the sunset which is duo at 18:13.

 (left) is a screen shot from the Starry Night Pro software which shows the new moon Today. 11/9/07, 28/shaban/1428 (Arabic date). In the picture you can see that the moon is far below the sun, and the moon is only 0.02 days old which is hard to see even when viewed through telescope.



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(Right) shows Tomorrows screen shot of the moon, sun and the horizon  at 17:45. notice that the moon is clear, unless if the weather was bad.






 (left) shows a closer look of the moon at around 17:50. 12/09/07, 29/shaban/1428 (Arabic date)






Above is a screen shot of the wide horizon which shows the sun near to sunset and the moon at 17:50, 12/09/07. Notice the moon is clear even if the trees hides it. The moon can still be seen on the other side. (depending on the location). On this day the moon is below the sun, but the sun sets before the moon, so it will be clear to view the moon through astronomical devices or naked eye.

I’m so sure that all the timings and numbers are correct according to my setting numbers. For people who live in Muscat, I hope tomorrow you will be able to see the Hilal (new moon born), unless if the weather is bad for astronomy activities.

The setting numbers are according to the GPS coordinates are:-

*Latitude: 21° 0′ 0 N,

*Longitude: 57° 0′ 0 E

Other Info: (12/09/07)                        Sun                                       Moon

Rise:                                                17:50                                      6:23

Transit:                                            12:01                                      12:31

Set:                                                 18:13                                      18:38


Well This is it. This work is all about to know whether if Ramadan will be on the other day or not. I can see the software is really interesting. It gives me all the information that I want and at which place and time. I’ll write about the Starry Night Pro Software later on.

Have a nice Day


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