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2012 in review

For the first time, AstrOceanOmy is sharing it’s site statistics annual report for the year 2012!

All thanks to the WordPress stats helper, which prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 14,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

Hilal Sighting news for Dhu al-Hijah 1433H

According to the Universal Hejric Calendar (UHC), which is based on the calculated crescent visibility, the start of this month in the Eastern Region will be on Wednesday 17 October 2012 and in the Western Region will be on Tuesday 16 October 2012. Thus, the first day of Eid in the Eastern Region will be on Friday 26 October 2012 and in the Western Region will be on Thursday 25 October 2012.

Thul Hijjah Waxing (NEW) Crescent Observation Results for Oman today [16 October 2012] For other countries, please refer to ICOP website.

Seen: ICOP member Prof. Mohammed Al-Bussaidi from Al-Fulaij City in Muscat State mentioned that the sky was partly cloudy, the atmospheric condition was hazy, the crescent was not seen by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was seen by telescope, the crescent was seen by CCD Imaging
Prof. Mohammed Al-Bussaidi said: “The crescent moon was sighted an hour and ten minutes before sunset. The crescent was seen all the way until after sunset.”

Saudi Arabia: The Crescent was seen as well. Therefore Tomorrow 17th October 2012 will be the first day of Dhu al-Hijah.

Dhualhija 1433Hilal

Hajj and Eid Mubarak to All – May Allah Accept our ibadah (prayers) and forgive all of us..Ameen

Note: This is not a technical report. For any Crescent/sighting data, please contact me or comment on this post below. Clear Skies

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Hint: Just look at the icons that look familiar to you. lol   🙂

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Note from AstrOceanOmy

Dear Everyone,

I would like to announce that Microsoft had decided
to shutdown the Spaces services few months back. In the process of that, this Space will remain
on the net upto March next year, or until I upgrad it to WordPress blogging service.

At the moment I’m having some
problems to backup my hard work on this Space, but soon once things solve out, I
will immediately shift to WordPress blogging service. Please follow up in my
profile or website for the new link in the next coming weeks…

Mary Christmas & Happy New Lunar & Solar Year in advance

Clear Skies,


Crescent Visibility Report for Sha’ban 1431‏

Crescent Visibility Report for Sha’ban 1431 (Monday 12th July 2010) Based on settings*

(Sha’ban) is one of the Arabic months – See the Islamic Calendar


* Settings:-

– Moon Times from:  12/07/2010 CE   To:  12/07/2010 CE

– OMAN Muscat, Long: 58:35:36.0, Lat: 23:36:48.0, Ele:21.0, Zone:4.00

– Refraction Settings: Temperature: 30 °C   Pressure: 1011 mb

– Delta T: 65.2 Second(s)

Timing: (12th/07/2010)                   Sun                                       Moon

Rise:                                               5:26                                       05:48

Transit:                                           12:11                                      12:41

Set:                                                18:55                                      19:29

Age of Moon: Waxing Crescent : ~ 0.89 days old.

Set Time difference : 34 minutes

Based on the astronomical calculations, the Crescent (Hilal) will be visible across the country. In North of Oman and the Capital Muscat, the Hilal will only be visible thru optical aid such as Binoculars and Telescope. If we go towards South of Oman, the chances of visibility increases as it could be possible to sight Hilal by Naked eye. As shown in the graph photo above. (Graph produced by Accurate Times software)

However the chances for Crescent visibility either by using optical aid or naked eye depend on many other factors:-


The first factor which I have described above, in which astronomical calculations indicates the possibility to view Hilal in the sky.


The second factor is the age of the Hilal (Crescent waxing)

The Waxing Crescent here is 0.90 days old, which is still young.


The third factor is the sky conditions and location itself, which always plays a big role for the crescent visibility in the sky.

The fourth factor depends on the physical health and skills/talent of the person sight – Perfect vision and / or the conditions of the optical aid used, such as optical quality & performance.

All of factors mentioned above play around with each other. If one of the factor fails, then sighting becomes very very difficult if not impossible.

MY sighting result for today’s report

Equipment used: 10X50mm DPS R Olympus Binoculars, Field of view 6.5 degrees

I have failed to sight the Hilal because of the following factors:

First comes the third factor

and also the second factor played around well. It was hard to view from my location..Muscat the Capital City of Oman.

Location all surrounded by buildings, motor pollution and so on..

My previous similar post: Eid Al Fitr 2009 Moon waxing crescent sighting

Clear Skies  ^_^

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Life After Death

Do you believe in life after Death?

BOSS said to an employee: Do you believe in life after Death?

EMPLOYEE: ‘Certainly not! There’s no proof of it’, he replied.

BOSS: ‘Well, there is now. After you left early yesterday to go to your uncle’s funeral, he came here looking for you…..!

ISS Space Junk Reentry ALERT





The EAS photographed on July 23, 2007, by ISS astronauts





As Received from my e-mail yesterday 1st Nov 2008 from Space Weather News.

"More than a year ago, in July 2007, International Space Station astronauts threw an obsolete, refrigerator-sized ammonia reservoir overboard. Ever since, the 1400-lb piece of space junk has been circling Earth in a decaying orbit–and now it is about to reenter. If predictions are correct, the "Early Ammonia Servicer" (EAS for short) will turn into a brilliant fireball as it disintegrates in Earth’s atmosphere during the early hours of Monday, Nov. 3rd. Uncertainties in the exact reentry time are so great (plus or minus 15 hours at the time of this alert) that it is impossible to pinpoint where the fireball will appear. At the moment, every continent except Antarctica has some favorable ground tracks.

Readers should check our Satellite Tracker ( for possible overflights. Before reentry, the EAS will seem about as bright as a 2nd or 3rd magnitude star, similar to the stars of the Big Dipper. During re-entry, the disintegrating reservoir could light up like a full Moon. Flyby predictions should be regarded as approximate because the orbital elements of the EAS are now changing so rapidly. Updates will be posted on "

Well I just hope it wont hit anyone 🙂 . I wonder if it hits my car! Will the insurance company pay for it  🙂

For more updates and whether the EAS will hit your car or not. 🙂 Please visit the link below.