Moonsighting for Jumada-at-Thania 1434
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The Astronomical New Moon is on April 10, 2013 (Wednesday) at 9:20 UT. On April 10, it can only be seen with telescope from North America, and no where in the world. On Thursday, April 11, 2013, it can be seen all over the world, except New Zealand and Australia, where it will be seen on April 12. (See visibility curves).

Sighting Reports

The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was by telescope on April 10, 2013 from Tucson Arizona, and by naked eye from Karachi, Pakistan on April 11.


Wednesday, 10 April 2013:

    No Sighting Reports are expected, although there is a slight chance by telescope in North America (See below, how true and accurate were my calculations)

  • Nigeria:

    1. Not Seen: Jinadu Yunusa (MCW member) from Kisi, Oyo State reported: I and my team set out to sight for new HILAL today Wed. 1434\05\29 corresponding to 10/04/2013 between 6:40pm-7:15pm LT. With clear weather and saturated horizon, we could'nt sight it. We shall continue with sighting tomorrow inSha-Allah.

  • Saudi Arabia:

    1. Not Seen: Luqmaan Williams (MCW member) from Ta'if reported: Wednesday, April 10th I did not sight the crescent in Taif, Saudi Arabia

  • UK:

    1. Not Seen: Qamar Uddin (MCW member) from York reported: On Wednesday 10 April 2013 (29 Jumada Al-Ula 1434 AH) many people from the UK have attempted to sight the crescent moon (Hilal) of Jumada Al-Ukhra after sunset. None of the groups were able to sight the Hilal, as most places were cloudy.
      We have not received any reliable sighting report (Muhaqaq-Ruyat-Basari) from any locations east of the UK/Morocco either. The Morocco Awqaf Ministry have also confirmed negative sighting report.
      Therefore, the Wifaq/Batley Ulama have decided that the month of Jumada Al-Ula 1434 AH will complete 30-days and the month of Jumada Al-Ukhra 1434 AH will start from Friday 12 April 2013, Insha-Allah. Apologies for the delayed sending of this report due to technical reasons.

  • USA:

    1. Not Seen: Dr. Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Wednesday, April 10, 2013), the crescent moon of Jumada II was not sighted in Blacksburg, VA (Lat: 37° 15' 40" N, Lng: 80° 26' 56" W, and elevation: 646 meters). I arrived at my sighting location at 8:07 pm EDT (sunset: 7:52 pm). The western horizon was mostly clear, with a few streaks of clouds but very hazy. Using a pair of binoculars (7X50), I started scanning the horizon with no success. I stayed there till 8:27 pm (moonset: 8:25 pm). At 8:15 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 77.0 F, 57.2 F, 50%, and 30.00 in, respectively.

    2. Not Seen: John Caldwell (MCW member) from McDonald Observatory, TX reported: Today April 10 (Wednesday)there were some western cloudiness but not much haze. I tried hard from sunset to moonset using 20 x 80 binoculars mounted on a makeshift theodolite so pointing was good, but could not see the moon.

    3. Seen by telescope only: Jim Stamm (MCW member) from Tucson AZ reported: Observed: Wednesday; April 10, 2013 - 19:02 (Local), although there was considerable haze and dirt from previous winds that kept the sky from being perfect. Crescent first observed through 8” SC telescope at 19:02 [Moon Altitude = 3.9 degrees]
      Final observation with telescope at 19:22 [Moon Altitude = 0.0 degrees]
      The crescent was about 10 degrees in arc length when first sighted. It grew about 5 degrees per minute, until it reached 30 degrees at 19:06. The length remained steady for 7 minutes, then decreased at about a uniform rate, until it disappeared at 19:22 - 2 minutes before it set.
      The haze and dirt kept Venus from being seen through my 9 x 50 finder, but the crescent did not seem to be negatively affected much, until it got close to the horizon. By this I mean that I didn’t even expect to see the crescent, and was surprised at how conspicuous the 7 degree elongation image was when I first saw it. It was visible 11 minutes after the sun set. Before now, I thought 12 minutes was the minimum time after sunset that the crescent could be seen.

      Jim Stamm considers this observation to be another one that shows that the crescent can be easily seen below Danjon’s Limit.

    4. Not Seen: HiMY SYeD (MCW member) from West Oakland CA reported: (My Apology for this morning-after late report. Didn't find WiFi right away and forgot to email you the report once I got back to the house in Fremont.) Last night, I prayed Maghrib at Masjid Al-Salam ( http://oaklandwiki.org/Masjid_Al-Salam ) in West Oakland where a new brother took Shahadah immediately after the Salat.
      On Wednesday Evening, April 10 2013 from 8 p.m. I walked from the Masjid to the BART Train Station and back again. That took about 20 minutes.
      I searched for the new moon in clear evening skies during the walk. I did not see it.

Thursday, 11 April 2013:

  • India:

    1. Not Seen: Yusuf Idara (MCW member) from New Delhi reported: Today Thursday 11, April 2013 = 29 Jumada al-Ula 1434 Hijri. I Yusuf Idara try to sight the Moon of Jumada ath-Thaniya 1434 Hijri, at New Delhi, India at 06:45 pm to 07:15 pm horizon is clear but the moon was not seen.

  • Indonesia:

    1. Not Seen: AR Sugeng Riyadi (MCW member) from Assalaam Observatory, Surakarta Central Java reported: On Thursday 11 April 2013 the new crescent of Jumadal Akhiroh 1434 AH was NOT SEEN from Surakarta and Juwiring Klaten Central Java Indonesia, the west horizon was cloudy.

  • Israel:

    1. Seen: Neria Haroeh (MCW member) from matzliah reported: I saw the new moon from matzliah, Israel at 19:22 on April 11, 2003. Sunset was at 19:10.

  • Kuwait:

    1. Seen by telescope only: Hussain Khushaish (MCW member) from Kuwait reported: In Kuwait on Thursday 11 April 2013 I could see the crescent of Jumada II only with telescope,binocular and view finder of the telescope. The events went as follows: Sun disappeared behind haze at 18:04,Sunset 18:14,first seen with 8" telescope 18:24(after 10 minutes of sunset),first seen with 7*35 binocular and view finder 18:35,last seen with view finder 18:50,last seen with telescope 18:54 (24 minutes before moon set), moon set 19:18. The sky was hazy that I could not see Al Hamra Tower at Kuwait city which is around 40 km away.

  • Malaysia:

    1. Not Seen, but Govt. announced month begins on Friday: Firdaus Mazlan (MCW member) from Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia reported: On Thursday, 11 th April 2013 (29th Jumada-al-Oola 1434 H), I with my friend (Mr. Mohammad Hasbarizal bin Hasan) cannot see the new moon either with telescope or with naked eye at Baitul Hilal, Teluk Kemang, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia (02:26:43.0 N , 101:51:16.0 E). It is because the horizon is very cloudy. Other places also give negative sighthing report because of clouds.
      1. Lido Beach, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia (01°28'00" N , 103°46' 00" E) by Mr. Muhammad Saif bin Sadali, Mrs. Zahrah binti Mohamed, Mrs. Siti Mariam bt Muhammad Saif, Mrs. Siti Mastura bt Muhammad Saif, Mrs. Siti Maisarah bt Muhammad Saif, Mrs. Siti Fatimah bt Muhammad Saif, and Mr.Muhammad Ilmi bin Muhammad Saif. It because the horizon is very cloudy.
      2. Wide Area at Jusco Desa Tebrau, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia (01°28'00" N , 103°46' 00" E) by Mr. Muhammad Yusuf, Mr. Muhammad Junaidi, and Mr. Muhammad Hadzlan. It because the horizon is very cloudy.
      3. Pontian Kechil Beach, Pontian, Johor (01° 29' N , 103° 23' E) by Mr. Nor Mohd Uzair bin Norsahperi, Mr. Muhammad Nasir bin Othman and Mr. Mohd Azli bin Ali. It because the horizon is very cloudy.
      So, tomorrow, 12th April 2013 (Friday) is still the 30th Jumada-al-Oola 1434 H. However, our government has decided that tomorrow (Friday) is 1st Jumada-al-Thani 1434 H.

  • Nigeria:

    1. Seen: AbdulKareem Isa (MCW member) from Garki, Abuja State reported: On Thursday, 11 April 2013 the hilal for J.thanni 1434 AH was sighted immediately after the magrib prayers around 19:00hrs local time in Idu Indusrial Area, Abuja. It lasted for about 20mins.

  • Pakistan:

    1. Seen: Zain Ahmed (MCW member) from Karachi Astronomers Society reported: On Thursday, 11 April 2013, I stayed somewhat late in the masjid today after maghrib but noticed while returning home that the sky was very transparent. Once I was on the roof, I could easily see the crescent which was the thinnest waxing Moon I have seen in a long time. Perfectly balanced. First sighting at 7:15pm PKT, without optical aid. The crescent rim took an uneven appearance through 7x35 binoculars, with its curvature spanning roughly 160 degrees. Sky was transparent and cloudless. Last sighting at 7:29pm PKT.

    2. Seen by many others: Rizwan Shah (MCW member) from Gujrat reported: Today Thursday 11 April 2013 sunset 6:36pm moonset 7:34pm. Just after sunset I and my some friends from differnt places try to sight the moon. I failed to locate the moon but some of my friends gave me postive reports about sigting of the moon. The chairman of moonsighting comite Mufti Muneeb ur Rehman already annouced that moon is sighted and 1st Jumad al thani will be tomrrow, 12 April Friday.

  • South Africa:

    1. Not Seen: Rashid Motala (MCW member) from Durban reported: On Thursday 11th April 2013, the Hilaal was NOT sighted in South Africa. Jumad-as-Thaani 1434 will commence from Saturday, 13th April 2013.

    2. Seen w/Binoculars only: Abe Parker (MCW member) from Cape Town reported: On evening of 11th April in Capetown with reasomably clear skies and good seeing comditions but with thin haze on the horizen I viewed from 6:25 pm local time just before sunset till 7:05 pm. I could only locate the moon with binoculars very thin crescent with the cusps 5 O'clock to 11 O'clock. Last time i saw it with binocs was approx 6:48pm when it disappeared in the haze. I could not focus on to see the moon with naked eye.

  • Sri Lanka:

    1. Seen by many in Sri Lanka: Nular Bary (MCW member) from Colombo reported: Today 29th of Jumada-al-Oola 1434H (April 11) evening I went up to my roof top to observer the New Moon of Jumada-al Thania but I couldn't see a thing till 7;10pm.(sunset 6;19pm.) as the western sky was patched with black clouds. Anyway our hilal committee have received several calls from many place for positive naked sighting of crescent Jumada-al-Thania 1434H "Masha allah" Hence, our committee has declared to start the month of Jumada-al-Thania 1434 on Friday, 12th April 2013. "In Sha Allah"

  • Tanzania:

    1. Seen: Hamza Rijal (MCW member) from Tiny Island of Zanzibar reported: Hilala has been sighted in the tiny island of Zanzibar on 11 April and 12th April 2013 is the first day of the Jumadal Thani 1434 AH.

  • USA:

    1. Not Seen: Dr. Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Thursday, April 11, 2013), the crescent moon of Jumada II was not sighted in Blacksburg, VA (Lat: 37° 15' 40" N, Lng: 80° 26' 56" W, and elevation: 646 meters). I arrived at my sighting location at 8:10 pm EDT (sunset: 7:53 pm). The western horizon was mostly cloudy and hazy. Using a pair of binoculars (7X50), I started scanning the horizon with no success. I stayed there till 8:30 pm (moonset: 9:23 pm).

    2. Seen: Abdul Rahmaan from San Bernardino, CA reported: Today, April 11, I am in San Bernardino, CA masjid and I'm able to see the hilal easily.

    3. Seen: HiMY SYeD (MCW member) from Fremont CA reported: On April 11, after praying Maghrib at home, I walked outside the door of our complex, and immediately saw the new crescent moon in the sky. The moon has been easily visible for at least one full hour after Maghrib tonight.

  • Zimbabwe:

    1. Not Seen but seen in Malawi: Ayub Mahomed (MCW member) from Harare reported: On April 11, the moon was not seen in Zimbabwe. However, based on sighting in Malawi, Friday 12th April is 1st jamadal ukhra.

Friday, 12 April 2013:

  • India:

    1. Seen: M. Siddik Nadvi (MCW member) from Ahmedabad, Gujrat reported: Today Friday April 12, 2013 = 30 Jumada-al-Oola 1434, we tried to see the crescent of Jumada-al-Sani 1434 Hijri at our Institute JAMIA KANZUL ULOOM at 6.55 pm. The cresent was seen easily and apear as second day cresent . an Official announcement by Gujrat Chand Commitee is that the crecent is seen and 13th April is 1st Jumada-al-Sani.

  • Indonesia:

    1. Not Seen (due to heavy clouds): Ahmad I. Adjie (MCW member) from Bandung reported: Myself and a number of us could not sight the Hilal on April 12 at the northern hills of Bandung due to heavy rain clouds at the horizon. We will, however, follow more easterly positive sightings - especially from the southern hemisphere - as proof for date change.

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