Moonsighting for Rabi-al-Thani 1436
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Old Crescent Moon (End of Rabi-al-Awwal 1436 AH), January 19, 2015 (not the new moon to start Rabi-al-Thani 1436 AH), (Photo is lost: This is decreasing moon that was sighted in Indnesia at Fajr time on Monday 19 January 2015, local time 05:33 (UTC+7). It was reported by Ishaq Zunaedi (MCW member) Tangerang Selatan, Banten, Indonesia.


New Crescent Moon for Rabi-al-Thani 1436

The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on January 20, 2015 (Tuesday) at 13:14 UT. On January 20, the moon may not be seen, anywhere except by telescope in North America. On January 21, 2015 (Wednesday), moon can be seen in almost the whole world except New Zealand and Australia and possiblt South Africa (See visibility curves).

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Sighting Reports

The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on January 21, 2015 from Colombo, Sri Lanka.


January 20, 2015 (Tuesday):

  • USA:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr. Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Tuesday, January 20, 2015), the crescent moon 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 (Blacksburg Middle School) before sunset (sunset: 5:33 pm EST). Soon after, using binoculars (7X50 and 10X50), I started scanning the partly cloudy western horizon with no success. While Venus was easily visible, I could not see Mercury. I ended the session a few minutes before the moonset (moonset: 6:06 pm). At 5:55 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 48.0 F, 27.0 F, 44%, and 29.92 in, respectively.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Mr. Mirza Shahid Basravi from Irvine CA reported: On January 20, 2015, I was all prepared to make full effort to sight the new crescent, here in Southern California. While from previous experience and most visibility curves it would have been impossible to see this crescent with bare eyes, I was anxious to see it, even if it was just with the binoculars. According to MoonCalc data, the altitude of the New Crescent today in Irvine was only 6.772 degrees at the time of sunset, 16:46 PT. Unfortunately, all efforts to spot this challenging new crescent was abandoned, because the sky was completely overcast with clouds.

    1436rbt2 January 21, 2015 (Wednesday):

  • Australia:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr. Shabbir Ahmed Imam of Rooty Hill Mosque Sydney, NSW reported: The Hilaal of RABI'UL THAANI has NOT been sighted anywhere in Australia on Wednesday, the 21st of January, 2015. Therefore, the month of RABI'UL THANI will commence from Friday, the 23rd of January, 2015.

  • Egypt:

    1. Seen: MCW member Dr. Hisham M. Hamed from Cairo reported: The Hilal of Rabii II has been seen here in Cairo. I saw it for the first time @17:47, 25 minutes after apparent sunset (17:22), on my way back to the office from Maghrib prayers. A few minutes later, I, and a few of my colleagues were photographing it. Venus was quite visible too. Horizontal visibility was not optimal. The Bent pyramid of Dahshour, the Red pyramid of Dahshour, and the stepped pyramid, which are ~19.6, ~17.6, and ~11 km away respectively, were all invisible some time before sunset, so the visibility and hence the extinction coefficient must have been closer to 0.4, as a lower limit, using Koschmeider's equation. The tops of the two larger pyramids of Giza were barely visible however. As expected, the difference between solar and vertical azimuth was very small, which explains why the crescent appears to be looking directly upwards. At least seven of my colleagues saw the crescent with me. See Photo

  • Ghana:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr. Baba Abdulai from Tamale reported: On Wednesday, 21 January, 2015 the crescent was NOT seen. I was at the sighting post from about 18:35 to about 19:00 but I did not see the crescent. There was virtually no trace of any clouds in the sky; however the sky was dusty. Sighting community; Sagnerigu, Tamale. Considering that the crescent must have been about 29 hours old (after conjunction) as at sunset in Tamale and with a moon lag time of about 1 hr 7 mins, I still find it hard to believe that I never sighted it. And Allah (SWT) Knows Best.

  • India:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr. Siddik Nadvi (Nida-e-Haram), from Ahmedabad, Gujrat reported: Today, Wednesday 21st January, 2015 = 29 Rabi ul Awal 1436 Hijri , we tried to see the crescent of Rabi UL Akhir 1436 Hijri at our Institute JAMIA KANZUL ULOOM at 6.10 pm to 6.50. The horizone was not clear but OFFICAIL ANNOUNCEMENT IS DONE BY GUJARAT CHAND COMMITTEE that FIRST DAY OF Rabi UL Akhir IS ON 22ndJanuary,2015. 1 Rabi UL Akhir is 22 January 2015 Thursday.

  • Kuwait:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr. Hussain Khushaish from Kuwait reported: In Kuwait on Wed 21 Jan 2015 at Kabad desert I was able to see the crescent with naked eyes in the following order: Sun disappeared at its setting time: 5:17, First seen with 20X60 binocular at 5:21 ,first seen with naked eyes at 6:23 , last seen with naked eyes at 6:23, last seen with binocular at 6:25, moon set at 6:28. The sky was very clear that I could see Al Hamra Tower 35 KM far away with naked eyes easily.

  • Mauritius:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr. Nissar Ahmad Ramtoola from Port Louis reported: The new moon for the month of Rabi ul Akhir 1436 has not been sighted tonight Wednesday 21st January 2015 in Mauritius, hence tonight is the 30th night of Rabi ul Awwal 1436. Friday 23 January 2015 will be the 1st day of Rabi ul Akhir 1436

  • Saudi Arabia:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr. Luqmaan Williams from Ta'if reported: Crescent was sighted on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 C.E. in Makkah Province (Saudi Arabia) by two witnesses. It was slightly cloudy.

  • South Africa:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr. Rashid Motala from Durban reported: On Wednesday 21st January 2015, the Hilaal was NOT sighted in South Africa. Rabi-us-Thaani 1436 will commence on Friday, 23rd January 2015 in South Africa.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Molvi Ashraf Dockrat from Pretoria reported: The Hilaal for Rabi-us-Thaani 1436 has NOT been sighted. The 1st Rabi-us-Thaani will be Fri 23rd Jan. Hilaal Committee UUCSA (United Ulama Council of South Africa). Conditions were overcast and hazy in most of the country.

  • Sri Lanka:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr. Suhail Patel from Colombo reported: The Crescent for Rabiul Aakhir has been sighted in Sri Lanka. therefore 1st Rabiul Aakhir will be on Thursday 22nd January 2015.

    2. Seen: MCW member Mr. Nular Bary from Colombo reported: Today 29th.of Rabi-al-Thani1436H (21/01/2015) the Hillal of Rabi-al-Thani was sighted by me & several other observers of The Colombo Grand Mosque Hilal Committee in several places this evening. Hence we will start our Month of Rabi al- Thani on Thursday 22nd.of January 2015.

  • Tanzania:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr. Hamza Rijal from Tiny Island of Zanzibar reported: On Wednesday 21st January 2015, the crescent was clearly sighted as it was a clear evening. Insha'Allah the 1st Rabi-at-Thani 1436 will be on Wednesday 22nd January 2015 in tiny island of Zanzibar.

  • USA:

    1. Seen: Mr. Lavon Brown from Atlanta, GA reported: I can see the moon today with the naked eye. 6:32 pm January 21,2015. See Photo

    2. Seen: MCW member Dr. Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: Today (Wednesday, January 21, 2015), using a pair of 7X50 binoculars, I was able to sight the moon in the afternoon at 2:21 pm EST in Blacksburg, VA (Lat: 37° 15' 40" N, Lng: 80° 26' 56" W, and elevation: 646 meters). To find the moon's position, I used the Sky & Telescope Interactive Sky Chart. First, I located Venus and then sighted the crescent to its upper right. The horns were at 3:00 and 6:30 O'clock (3:00;4:30;6:30). I did not try hard to sight crescent with naked eye in the afternoon. Perhaps, it was not possible to see it, although Venus was sighted. At 2:15 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 48.0 F, 30.9 F, 52%, and 30.02 in, respectively. The sky was partly cloudy.
      Again this evening at 5:43 pm, I sighted the crescent in Blacksburg by naked eye. On the way going to my sighting location (The Blacksburg Middle School), I sighted the moon (9 minutes after sunset, which was at 5:34 pm). The horns were at 3:00 and 8:30 O'clock (3:00;5:00;8:30). At this time, Venus was to its left. The western horizon was mostly clear. Using a pair of 7X50 binoculars, it was around 6:00 pm when I looked for Mercury and found it below the moon. Later, it was sighted by naked eye. I left the area around 6:20 (moonset: 7:17 pm). At 5:55 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 43.3 F, 23.9 F, 46%, and 30.08 in, respectively.

    3. Seen: MCW member Mr. Mirza Shahid Basravi from Irvine CA reported: On January 21, 2015, new Crescent was I able to spot the new crescent in Irvine at 16:51 PT with Binoculars (7 x 35), and at 17:02 PT with my regular glasses. Sunset today in Irvine, California was at 17:11 PT. According to MoonCalc©, the Moon’s altitude in Irvine (LON 117:49W , LAT 32:40N) was 10.924 degrees at 17:57 PT. This concurs with the Moon’s altitude in the picture, if you consider the angular diameter of the Moon of 0.5 degrees. The attached picture was taken at 17:57 PT, to verify the accuracy of the data I am getting from MoonCalc©. See Photo

  • Zimbabwe:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr. Ayub Mahomed from Harare reported: On January 21, the moon was sighted in Zimbabwe. Tomorrow Thursday 22 January is 1st Rabiual Akhir.

    1436rbt3 January 22, 2015 (Thursday):

  • Australia:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr. Moussa Khalife from Sydney, NSW reported: Today is Thursday 22/01/2015 The crescent has been sighted by the naked eyes between 8:15 and 8:30pm by me and several people in 2 different places. So 1st of rabi-al-tani 1436 is on Friday 23/01/2015 in Sydney Australia

  • New Zealand:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr. Arief Syamsulaksana from Auckland reported: I sighted the crescent of Rabi'ul Tsani 1436H on Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 from Dannemora, Auckland, at 21:10 DST (GMT +12) Azimuth: 263°; Altitude: approx. 5°; Maghrib time: 20:48 DST. See Photo

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