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Everyone Should Try To See The Crescent On 29th Of Shaban

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Assalamu alaykum.

 

I have the data of moon related to Makkatul Mukarramah for the following dates:

 

30th August 2008

 

sunset 18:38

moonset 18:22

 

moonset is before sunset, so no visibility.

 

 

31st August 2008

 

Sunset 18:37

moonset 18:57

 

Moonset is 20 minutes after sunset. Whatever may be best conditions, crescent will never be visible.

 

1st september 2008

 

sunset 18:36

moonset 19:32

 

Moonset is 56 minutes after sunset. If proper attempt is made, chances of crescent visibility is more.

 

Normally the magrib adhaan, fardh and sunnah prayers take away the crescent visibility time and we may miss the crescent sighting. So my suggestion would be form two groups. One group(A) should be watching the crescent when the other group (B) is offering their maghrib prayers and when the other group (B) finishes its magrib prayers and takes over the group (A) should offer their prayers.

 

Note: Moon can be located on one's city's horizon by getting the co-ordinates (azimuth and elevation) of moon for every minute after.

sunset.

 

For Makkatul Mukarramah:

On 1st september the moon is visible at azimuth of 260 deg. Which means while we are facing west, moon will be 10 degrees towards left from WEST at 6:30 PM makkah time. OR sunset is at 278 deg, which means moon will be positioned at 18 degrees towards left of the place where sun sets.

 

Wallahu A'alam

Edited by ahamed_sharif

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31st August 2008

 

Sunset 18:37

moonset 18:57

 

Moonset is 20 minutes after sunset. Whatever may be best conditions, crescent will never be visible.

Why impossible? 20 minutes is more than enough to sight the crescent insha'Allah, which would make ramadan start in Sep 1st. insha'Allah in that area of the world. Other locations better follow their own local sightings whenever possible.

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assalamu alaykum

 

timings given for moonset is for the top tip of the moon to go below the horizon. The sunlight even after sunset makes it impossible to sight the crescent. And our practical experience shows that crescent is impossible and all the astronomers agree on that.

 

So let us wait, if any one sights the moon let him post it here.

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