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Crescent Visibility Combined Report for Ramadan 1438 & Shawwal 1438

In the Name of God, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

Crescent Visibility Combined Report for Ramadan 1438 (Friday 26th May 2017) & Shawwal 1438 (Saturday-Sunday, 24-25th June 2017)**, Based on settings*

Crescent Visibility  Report for Ramadan 1438 (Friday 26th May 2017) (29th of Shaaban 1438)

Crescent Visibility on 26th May 2017

* Settings:-

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

Timing: (26th/05/2017)
@18:00:00UTC+4
 Sun  Moon
 Rise 05:19:46 05:51:35
Transit 12:02:38 12:38:11
Set 18:45:42 19:27:03
 Azimuth (Degree) @18:00  ~289° 23.192`   ~282°11.284`
 Altitude (Degree)@18:00  ~8° 54.671` ~17° 20.841`

Age of Moon: Waxing Crescent : ~ 0.76 days old.

Set Time difference : approx 41 minutes

Based on the Astronomical data report, the Sun sets at 6:45 Pm @ (292° WNW), and 7:27 pm @ (289° WNW) for the Moon which makes out around 41 minuets before each set below the Horizon.

@18:00 UTC+4 Muscat

On this day, the Moon sets nearly 41 minuets after the sunset, which makes the crescent sighting possible, yet difficult due to the angle and Crescent age at this time, however it is possible to sight the crescent with greater chances  from higher altitudes and towards the south of the country.

The New Moon will be in conjunction with the Sun on May 25th @ 23:53 UTC+4, and based on the astronomical calculations, the Crescent (Hilal) would be possible to sight on this day, depending on the weather climate. If not sighted on this day then Shaaban will continue its 30 days.

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Crescent Visibility Report for Shawwal 1438 (Tuesday 24-25th June 2017) (29th Ramadan 1438)

**Note:

If Ramadan Starts on Saturday 27 May 2017, Then 29th Ramadan is on Saturday, 24th June 2017

If Ramadan Starts on Sunday 28 May 2017, Then 29th Ramadan will be on Sunday, 25th June 2017.

Screen Shot

From the Astronomical Calculations on 24th June 2017,  We Conclude that if 29th Ramadan starts on 27th May, Then Ramadan will continue its 30 days InShaAllah. Because based on settings in Oman, The Moon Crescent is not possible to sight on this day due to following reasons:

SunSet @ 18:55:43 UTC+4 , MoonSet @ 19:14:14 UTC+4 ,

Set Time Difference : 19 Minutes Max

Age of Moon: Waxing Crescent : ~ 0.50 days old. =12hrs old.

Sun Latitude:  -00°:00′:01″   & Moon Latitude: -03°:36′:07″   Very Near to the Sun and Very young.

It is very difficult to sight the Crescent even with experienced astronomer, Perfect Weather conditions and with Optical Assistant of Telescope and CCD Camera. Extremely challenging. Except if we go towards the south-west side of the Globe. 

Moon & Sun on 24th June 2017

However if Ramadan starts on Sunday, 28th May 2017, then 29th of Ramadan will be on Sunday, 25th June 2017, and based on Calculations settings, it is possible to sight the crescent on this day from Majority of the World. If Ramadan Crescent was sighted on 28th May 2017, Then Ramadan will end as 29 days most probebly because on 25th June 2017 is very easy to sight in most parts of the World.

Shawwal Crescent Visibility on 25th June 2017

* Settings:-

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

Timing: (25th/06/2017)
@18:00:00UTC+4
 Sun  Moon
 Rise 05:20:36 06:33:36
Transit 12:08:15 13:24:33
Set 18:55:52 20:14:02
 Azimuth (Degree) @18:00  ~290° 59.768`   ~279°9.086`
 Altitude (Degree)@18:00  ~10° 53.405` ~27° 31.012`

Age of Moon: Waxing Crescent : ~ 1.48 days old.

Set Time difference : approx 78 minutes

Based on the Astronomical data report, the Sun sets at 6:55 Pm @ (294° WNW), and 8:14 pm @ (290° WNW) for the Moon which makes out around 78 minuets before each set below the Horizon.

This is technical report only for sighting assistance, No final conclusion until the sighting has been taken place.

Ramadan Kareem and Eid Mubarak in advance to Everyone.

May Allah Accept our fasting, Prayers and good deeds. Ameen.

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Crescent Visibility Combined Report for Ramadan & Shawwal 1437

In the Name of God, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

Crescent Visibility Combined Report for Ramadan 1437 (Sunday 5th June 2016) & Shawwal 1437 (Tuesday 5th July 2016), Based on settings*

Crescent Visibility  Report for Ramadan 1437 (Sunday 5th June 2016) (29th of Shaaban 1437)

Ramadan 1437

* Settings:-

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

Timing: (5th/06/2016)
@18:00:00UTC+4
Sun Moon
Rise 05:18:14 05:31:58
Transit 12:04:09 12:19:21
Set 18:50:11 19:08:00
Azimuth (Degree) @18:00 ~290° 32.373` ~283° 50.161`
Altitude (Degree)@18:00  ~9° 51.004` ~13° 32.384`

Age of Moon: Waxing Crescent : ~ 0.48 days old.

Set Time difference : 18 minutes

Based on the Astronomical data report, the Sun sets at 6:50 Pm @ (293° WNW), and 7:08 pm @ (288° WNW) for the Moon which makes out around 18 minuets before each set below the Horizon

Screen Shot

On this day, the Moon sets nearly 18 minuets after the sunset, which makes the crescent sighting extremely difficult due to the angle and Crescent age at this time.

The New Moon will be in conjunction with the Sun on June 5th @ 07:08 UTC+4, and based on the astronomical calculations, the Crescent (Hilal) would be extremely difficult to sight on this day.

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Crescent Visibility Report for Shawwal 1437 (Tuesday 5th July 2016) (29th Ramadan 1437)

Shawwal 1437

* Settings:-

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

Timing: (5th/07/2016)
@18:00:00UTC+4
Sun Moon
Rise 05:23:26 06:11:32
Transit 12:10:14 12:58:01
Set 18:56:25 19:42:43
Azimuth (Degree) @18:00 ~290° 5.277` ~279° 25.682`
Altitude (Degree)@18:00  ~11° 10.709` ~21° 19.047`

Age of Moon: Waxing Crescent : ~ 1.17 days old.
Set Time difference : ~46 minutes

Based on the Astronomical data report, the Sun sets at 6:56:25 Pm @ (293° WNW), and 7:42:43 pm @ (285° WNW) for the Moon which makes out only 46 minuets before each set below the Horizon.

Screen Shot

The Azimuth between the Moon and the Sun is nearly 11° and 10°  for the Altitude, which makes the sighting possible.

Based on the astronomical calculations and personal experience , the Crescent (Hilal) will be visible across the country on this day.

Please note: Ramadan will be 29 days InShaAllah, if the Crescent was sighted on Tuesday 5th July 2016. However if not sighted on that day, then Ramadan will continue its 30 days. It is highly possible to sight Hilal of Shawwal on Tuesday 5th July 2016 across the country.

This is technical report only for sighting assistance, No final conclusion until the sighting has been taken place.

2015-07-16-PHOTO-00008585

Ramadan Kareem and Eid Mubarak in advance to Everyone.

May Allah Accept our fasting, Prayers and good deeds. Ameen.

For more information regarding the topic; Please feel free to search this blog above, just type “Hilal” under the search window.

Crescent Visibility Combined Report for Ramadan & Shawwal 1436

In the Name of God, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

Crescent Visibility Combined Report for Ramadan 1436 (Wednesday 17th June 2015) & Shawwal 1436 (Thursday 16th July 2015), Based on settings*

Crescent Visibility  Report for Ramadan 1436 (Wednesday 17th June 2015) (29th of Shaaban 1436)

17 June 2015

* Settings:-

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

Timing: (17th/06/2015)
@18:00:00 UTC+4

Sun Moon
Rise 05:18:48 05:59:52

Transit

12:06:25 12:47:22
Set 18:54:28 19:34:41
Azimuth (Degree)@18:00 ~291° 3.107` ~281° 39.044`
Altitude (Degree)@18:00 ~10° 36.487` ~19° 19.410`

Age of Moon: Waxing Crescent : ~ 1 days old.

Set Time difference : 41 minutes

Based on the Astronomical data report, the Sun sets at 6:54 Pm @ (296° WNW), and 7:34 pm @ (289° WNW) for the Moon which makes out around 41 minuets before each set below the Horizon.

Sun and Moon @18:00UTC+4 on June 17th

On this day, the Moon sets nearly 41 minuets after the sunset, which makes the crescent sighting possible.

The New Moon will be in conjunction with the Sun on June 16th @ 18:14 UTC+4, and based on the astronomical calculations, the Crescent (Hilal) should  be visible across the country and mostly in clear quality skies zones by using the optical aid and minimal chance by naked eye.

Shaa’ban will continue its 30 days, if Hilal (the moon crescent sighted with negative results) Otherwise, Ramadan will start on Thursday, 18th June 2015  InShaAllah (If God Wills)  

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Crescent Visibility Report for Shawwal 1436 (Tuesday 16th July 2015) (29th Ramadan 1436)

16 July 2015 The crescent will be impossible if “not possible” to sight in most parts of the world on this day, however the chances to sight increases as we head towards south east; South Africa and South America.

* Settings:-

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

Timing: (16th/07/2015)
@18:00:00 UTC+4

Sun Moon
Rise 05:28:08 05:38:58

Transit

12:11:38 12:22:01
Set 18:54:57 19:03:11
Azimuth (Degree)@18:00 ~288° 41.175` ~281° 27.013`
Altitude (Degree)@18:00 ~10° 59.171` ~12° 51.939`

Age of Moon: Waxing Crescent : ~ 0.52 days old.
Set Time difference : ~8 minutes

Based on the Astronomical data report, the Sun sets at 6:54:57 Pm @ (293° WNW), and 6:03:11 pm @ (287° WNW) for the Moon which makes out only 8 minuets before each set below the Horizon.

16th July 2015 at18UTC4

The Azimuth between the Moon and the Sun is nearly and   for the Altitude, which makes the sighting not possible.

Based on the astronomical calculations and personal experience , the Crescent (Hilal) will NOT be visible across the country on this day.

 

Please note: Ramadan will be 30 days InShaAllah, if the Crescent was sighted on Wednesday 17th June 2015. However if not sighted on that day, then Ramadan will be 29 days. It is highly possible to sight Hilal of Shawwal on 17th July 2015 across the country. For other countries such as Saudi Arabia, UAE, etc, They will sight hilal on 16th June 2015, since it’s 29th of Shaban on that day. However due to the Moon will set before the Sun, it will not be possible to sight Hilal on that day, Therefore Shaban will continue its 30 days and Ramadan will start on 18th June 2015.

This is technical report only for sighting assistance, No final conclusion until the sighting has been taken place. 

1435 SightingDay

Ramadan Kareem and Eid Mubarak in advance to Everyone.

May Allah Accept our fasting, Prayers and good deeds. Ameen.

For more information regarding the topic; Please feel free to search this blog above, just type “Hilal” under the search window.

This post results are almost similar to the older post “Crescent Visibility Combined Report for Ramadan & Shawwal 1435

Crescent Visibility Combined Report for Ramadan & Shawwal 1435

In the Name of God, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

Crescent Visibility Combined Report for Ramadan 1435 (Friday 27th June 2014) & Shawwal 1435 (Sunday 27th July 2014), Based on settings*

Crescent Visibility  Report for Ramadan 1435 (Friday 27th June 2014) (29th of Shaaban 1435)

Ramadan 1435

* Settings:-

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

Timing: (27th/06/2014)
@18:00:00 UTC+4

Sun

Moon

Rise

05:21:22

05:20:21

Transit

12:08:58

12:08:07

Set

18:56:31

18:54:18

Azimuth (Degree)@18:00

~290° 50`

~285° 12`

Altitude (Degree)@18:00

~10° 55`

~10° 33`

Age of Moon: Waxing Crescent : ~ 0.24 days old.

Set Time difference : ~2 minutes

Based on the Astronomical data report, the Sun sets at 6:56 Pm @ (294° WNW), and 6:54 pm @ (289° WNW) for the Moon which makes out only 2 minuets before each set below the Horizon.

Screen Shot from StarryNight Pro Plus7

On this day, the Moon sets nearly 2 minuets before the sun, which makes the crescent sighting not only difficult but impossible.

The New Moon will be in conjunction with the Sun @ 12:08 UTC+4, however based on the astronomical calculations and personal experience , the Crescent (Hilal) will NOT be visible across the country.

Therefore Shaa’ban will continue its 30 days

Ramadan will start on Sunday, 29th June 2014  InShaAllah (If God Wills)

Please note, Actual Ramadan starts after the Sunset on Saturday 28th  ..

(Not to get confused, The Arabic new day always starts after Sunset)

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Crescent Visibility Report for Shawwal 1435 (Sunday 27th July 2014) (29th Ramadan 1435)

Shawwal 1435

The crescent will be impossible if “not possible” to sight in most parts of the world on this day, however the chances to sight increases as we head towards south east; South Africa and South America.

* Settings:-

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

Timing: (27th/07/2014)
@18:00:00 UTC+4

Sun

Moon

Rise

05:33:25

05:48:23

Transit

12:12:29

12:25:25

Set

18:51:18

18:59:29

Azimuth (Degree)@18:00

~286° 40`

~278° 36`

Altitude (Degree)@18:00

~9° 57`

~11° 46`

Age of Moon: Waxing Crescent : ~ 0.64 days old.
Set Time difference : ~8 minutes

Based on the Astronomical data report, the Sun sets at 6:51 Pm @ (290° W), and 6:59 pm @ (282° W) for the Moon which makes out only 8 minuets before each set below the Horizon.

Screen Shot

The Azimuth between the Moon and the Sun is nearly 8° and 2°  for the Altitude, which makes the sighting not possible.

Based on the astronomical calculations and personal experience , the Crescent (Hilal) will NOT be visible across the country.

Therefore Ramadan will continue its 30 days InShaAllah (If God Wills)

Shawwal will start on Tuesday, 29th July 2014 InShaAllah (If God Wills)

Shawwal 1434 Hilal sighting Day

Ramadan Kareem and Eid Mubarak in advance to Everyone.

May Allah Accept our fasting, Prayers and good deeds. Ameen.

For more information regarding the topic; Please feel free to search this blog above, just type “Hilal” under the search window.

This post results are almost similar to the older post “Crescent Visibility Combined Report for Ramadan & Shawwal 1434

Crescent Visibility Report for Thul Hijjah 1434 AH

In the Name of God, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

Crescent Visibility  Report for Thul Hijjah 1434 AH (Saturday 5th October 2013) (29th of Dhu al-Qidah 1434) Based on settings*

Saturday 05 October 2013

* Settings:-

The geocentric conjunction (Geocentric New Moon) will occur Inshalla on (Saturday 05 October 2013) at 00:36 UTC.

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

Timing: (5th/10/2013)
@17:00:00
Sun Sun Moon Sleeping half-moon
Rise 05:58:46 06:06:34
Transit 11:53:53 12:03:48
Set 17:48:56 18:00:37
Azimuth (Degree)@17:00 259° 57.277′ 253°  51.625′
Altitude (Degree)@17:00 10°  16.376′ 12°  19.247′

Age of Moon: Waxing Crescent (Hilal) : ~ 0.53 days old.

Set Time difference : ~12 minutes

Based on the Astronomical data report, the Sun sets at 5:48 Pm @ (264° 53.317` W), and 6:00 pm @ (259° 53.825` W) for the Moon which makes out only around 12 minuets before each set below the Horizon. It is therefore very difficult to sight the Crescent on this day not only in Oman but the whole middle east region.

And, based on the calculated crescent visibility, the start of this month in the Eastern Region will be on Sunday 06 October 2013 and in the Western Region will be on Sunday 06 October 2013. Hence the first day of Eid in both regions will be on Tuesday 15 October 2013. It has to be matched due to Hajj, And Allah Knows best.

The results will be posted later in the comments section below. Please visit later today for the final conclusion.

Have a nice day and Clear Skies

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Crescent Visibility Combined Report for Ramadan & Shawwal 1434

In the Name of God, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

Crescent Visibility Combined Report for Ramadan 1434 (Monday 8th July 2013) & Shawwal 1434 (Wednesday 7th August 2013), Based on settings*

Crescent Visibility  Report for Ramadan 1434 (Monday 8th July 2013) (29th of Shaaban 1434)

8 July Hilal Sighting for Ramadan 1434

* Settings:-

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

Timing: (8th/07/2013)
@18:00:00

Sun Sun

Moon Sleeping half-moon
Rise

05:25:00

05:24:10

Transit

12:10:41

12:10:01

Set

18:56:14

18:53:55

Azimuth (Degree)@18:00

~289° 46.311`

~284° 10.566`

Altitude (Degree)@18:00

~11° 5.030`

~10° 41.631`

Age of Moon: Waxing Crescent : ~ 0.24 days old.

Set Time difference : ~1.5 minutes

Based on the Astronomical data report, the Sun sets at 6:56 Pm @ (294° 57.400` WNW), and 6:53 pm @ (288° 54.851` WNW) for the Moon which makes out only 1.5 minuets before each set below the Horizon.

Screen Shot 2013-07-08 at 18.00.00

Screen Shot 2013-07-08 at 18.00.00 Zoom

On this day, the Moon sets nearly 2 minuets before the sun, which makes the crescent sighting not only difficult but impossible.

Screen Shot 2013-07-08 at 18.00.00 Zoom2

The Crescent is already born on this day, however based on the astronomical calculations and personal experience , the Crescent (Hilal) will NOT be visible across the country.

Therefore Shaa’ban will continue its 30 days

Ramadan will start on Wednesday, 10th July 2013  InShaAllah (If God Wills)

Please note, Ramadan starts after the Sunset on Tuesday  ..

(Not to get confused, The Arabic new day always starts after Sunset)

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Crescent Visibility Report for Shawwal 1434 (Wednesday 7th August 2013) (29th Ramadan 1434)

Hilal Sighting for Shawwal 1434

The crescent will be impossible if “not possible” to sight in most parts of the world on this day, however the chances to sight increases as we head towards south east; South Africa and South America.

* Settings:-

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

Timing: (7th/08/2013)

Sun Sun

Moon Sleeping half-moon
Rise

05:38:01

05:53:35

Transit

12:11:21

12:24:01

Set

18:44:26

18:52:01

Azimuth (Degree)@18:00

~283° 55.160`

~275° 8.468`

Altitude (Degree)@18:00

~8° 57.281`

~10° 42.77`

Age of Moon: Waxing Crescent : ~ 0.62 days old.

Set Time difference : ~7.5 minutes

Based on the Astronomical data report, the Sun sets at 6:44 Pm @ (288° 7.761` W), and 6:52 pm @ (279° 55.673` W) for the Moon which makes out only 7.5 minuets before each set below the Horizon.

Screen Shot 2013-08-07 at 18.00.00

On this day, the Moon sets after the Sun, which brings a hope to sight if possible compared to the first repot above.

Screen Shot 2013-08-07 at 18.00.00 Zoom

The Azimuth between the Moon and the Sun is nearly 9°

Screen Shot 2013-08-07 at 18.00.00 Zoom2

~ 98% chances that Ramadan will be 30 days this year. Just giving 2% hope to our new advanced Telescope and CCD camera to find the crescent under clear skies hopefully Smile. Please refer to my previous post for the factors.

Based on the astronomical calculations and personal experience , the Crescent (Hilal) will NOT be visible across the country.

Therefore Ramadan will continue its 30 days InShaAllah (If God Wills)

Shawwal will start on Friday, 9th August 2013 InShaAllah (If God Wills)

Wish you all a clear skies and a happy sighting day (If you could find it ^_^)

You’ve got nearly 2% to sight it using advanced optical systems/CCD cameras

Hilal Sighting

Ramadan Kareem and Eid Mubarak in advance to Everyone.

May Allah Accept our fasting, Prayers and good deeds. Ameen.

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Crescent Visibility Report for Shawwal 1433

Crescent Visibility Report for Shawwal 1433 (Thursday 18th August 2012) Based on settings*

Ramadan Kareem , first of all the Crescent visibility for Shawwal on 17th August (Friday Evening) won’t happen due to the following reasons;

  1. The Moon Crescent is still in Waning Gibbous and still did not enter into the new moon phase (Waxing Gibbous). The Conjunction Occurs After Sunset.
  2. The Moon sets approximately ~22 minutes before the Sun.
  3. It is 28th of Ramadan (Oman), Therefore Ramadan cannot be 28 days. Instead Ramadan must be 29 or (30 Max) Days.

For the main three reasons above, the Official Sighting Day is on 18th of August 2012.  In case of Saudi Arabia, It’s 29th of Ramadan and the sighting on this day (17th August) is not possible due to the same reasons above.

Saudi Arabia will fast 30 days of Ramadan, Therefore Saudi  Arabia has no Official Sighting Day. Saudi Arabia and its followers has no option but to simply declare that on Sunday 19th 2012 is the first day of Eid Al Fitr, whether they witness the crescent Hilal or not.

The report for Official sighting day in Oman (18 August 2012).

Shawwal 1433 Aug 18

* Settings:-

– Moon Times from: 18/08/2012  (dd/mm/yy) (24hrs)

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

Timing: (18th/08/2012)

Sun Sun

Moon Sleeping half-moon

Rise 05:42 6:12
Transit 12:09 12:34
Set 18:35 18:54
Azimuth @18:00 280°  269° 
Altitude @18:00 7°  3.6’ 11°  5.7’

Age of Moon: Waxing Crescent : ~ 0.95 days old.

Set Time difference : ~19 minutes

Based on the astronomical calculations, the Crescent (Hilal) will be visible across the country. In Oman and the Arab Gulf countries, the Hilal will only be visible thru optical aid such as Binoculars and Telescope. If we go towards South of Africa and Brazil, 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 depends on many other factors. Please Click here to refer to old post for the factors.

Screen shot 2012-08-18 at 18.00.00

The screen shot above from Starry Night Pro software which shows the new moon on. 18th/8/2012, 29/Ramadan/1433 (Arabic date). In the picture you can see that the Moon is around ~11°  away from the Sun @18:00, and the moon is only 0.95 days old which is a bit challenge to observe by naked eye even when viewed through optical aid.

We’ve got a big chance to observe the Hilal on higher Altitude here in Oman. With the help of technology and the equipment’s that we have, I say that 90% chances that Shawwal will be on 19th Of August.

This time will be fun and challenge, it all depands on the factors which I’ve mentioned earlier in my old post. Hopefully we will be able to sight it on that day. In-Sha-Allah (If God Wills)

If not, Ramadan will continue its 30 days.

Please Note: It is very bad to make a final conclusion stating that the month will start on such day (without reasonable evidence)  . We will be committing shirk if we do that. Instead we shall say the starting of such month will be so- on the following date after sighting the Moon Waxing Crescent (Hilal). InShaAllah

May Allah accept our fasting, forgive our sins, and guide us all to the Straight Path. May Allah bless us all during Ramadan, and throughout the year, with His forgiveness, mercy, and peace, and bring us all closer to Him and to each other. Ameen.

Clear Skies and Ramadan Kareem

                  Image Credit: Andrei Dorian Gheorghe and Valentin Grigore, Romania. GAM

Eid Mubarak

Today is the last day of Ramadhan the holy month. And after the Sunset Eid starts. People starts celebrating by early tomorrow morning after the Eid Prayer.

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Just as festivity becomes the atmosphere when the fast is broken each day at sunset, happiness becomes doublefold when the month of fasting is finally completed and the Eid Al-Fitr is celebrated.

The most elaborate dishes are served at large banquets to which relatives and friends are invited. These  colorful celebrations are the climax of the sense of fulfillment characterizing,a month of fasting and hardships, increasing the bonds of connectedness among humankind and between humankind and God.

Yesterday we could not sight the new Moon Crescent because it was impossible. As you see in the picture below, the Sun and Moon almost sets at the same time and the elevation is only 5 degrees.

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May Allah accepts our fasting, prayers and bless us all. Ameen.

Eid Mubarak

Lunar Eclipse Pictures

On Wednesday 15th of June @ night, I managed to take some shots of the lunar eclipse using my lil 3 inch (76mm) Catadioptric telescope and Apple iPhone 4.

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The Moon was so bright in early stage, therefore I used the green Lunar filter.

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Red Moon..Without the lunar filter

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And yeah 🙂  some drinks, Barbican (Non-Alcoholic Drink) Just for refreshing 🙂

Lunar Eclipse Album

Technical Data:

  • Telescope: 3 inch (76mm) Catadioptric type, 600mm focal length, tabletop mounted.
  • Eyepieces: H20mm with green lunar filter
  • Camera model: Apple iPhone 4, (5 megapixels)
  • Image Type: jpeg (Width: 2592 pixels, Height: 1936 pixels)
  • Exposure Time: 1/15 sec, normal.
  • Camera Aperture Value: 2.97 EV (f/2.8)
  • Camera ISO Speed Rating: 500
  • Camera Focal Length: 3.9 mm
  • Metering Mode: Pattern
  • Camera Software: iOS 4.3.2
  • Location: Muscat, Oman. (Athaiba – Ocean area, on top of the roof surrounded with plants 🙂
  • Weather Temperature: 31°C , feels like 40+
  • Sky Condition: Haze around the horizon
  • Humidity: ~80%
  • Field Time: 22:15 (GMT+4) to 16th June 00:45 (GMT+4)
  • Refreshment Drink: Barbican ^_^

Total Lunar Eclipse on June 15

lunar-eclipse

People in the Arab world, European, African and Western Asian countries will witness a total lunar eclipse on Wednesday (June 15) and will be viewed in relative density for 100 minutes over two days.

It is the first of two total lunar eclipses in 2011, the second occurring on December 10.

Bookmark your calendar now, if you’re in the indicated zone above

The eclipse will start at 10:23 pm (GMT+4) on Wednesday in partial shading, develop into full eclipse at 11:23 pm (GMT+4) on the same day and continue till 1:02 am (GMT+4) on Thursday.

“The peak of the lunar eclipse will be at 12:13 (GMT+4) (Wednesday), while the partial lunar eclipse will last till 2:02 am (GMT+4) (Thursday).” The moon will not disappear totally because of the reflection of sunshine from the Earth’s surface.

Lunar Eclipse

Click on the image above for more information on time & place..

Provided by Larry

Clear Skies on June 15th hopefully 🙂