Eid: Moon on Saturday 19th September 2009

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Eid: Moon on Saturday 19th September 2009

Postby abuali » 14 Sep 2009, 22:37

Quoting Dr. Jiwaji
With an altitude of 8 degrees at sunset and horizontally also away from the sun by a similar amount and given a clear horizon with no obstructions and no clouds, the very thin crescent could be observed (see attached images).

The moon on the following day Sunday 20th is at 20 degrees altitude and with a thicker crescent, so should be clearly observable.


The Moon on 19 Sept, 2009 from Dar es Salaam
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The Moon crescent 19 Sept, 2009 from Dar es Salaam
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Re: Eid: Moon on Saturday 19th September 2009

Postby Umm.aly » 16 Sep 2009, 02:17

Whoa thats a pretty thin moon! How bout having a sky watching session then so we can find the moon! :D
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Re: Eid: Moon on Saturday 19th September 2009

Postby Muhammad Mahdi » 16 Sep 2009, 13:09

For Dar residents, Eid will be on Sunday 20th.
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Re: Eid: Moon on Saturday 19th September 2009

Postby Fatimah Zahra Karim » 16 Sep 2009, 14:51

The moon has to be clearly visible to the naked eye; no optical aids allowed. Seems like Eid night is probably Sunday.
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Re: Eid: Moon on Saturday 19th September 2009

Postby Umm.aly » 17 Sep 2009, 02:35

Fatimah Zahra Karim wrote:The moon has to be clearly visible to the naked eye; no optical aids allowed. Seems like Eid night is probably Sunday.


Hmm would you call glasses an optical aid :twisted:
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Re: Eid: Moon on Saturday 19th September 2009

Postby Muhammad Mahdi » 17 Sep 2009, 04:37

Probably not. Glasses don't give you and edge over others, merely restoring your former sight. Telescopes and binoculars on the other hand...
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Re: Eid: Moon on Saturday 19th September 2009

Postby abuali » 18 Sep 2009, 06:41

With regards to the moon, if the moon is sight-able by say an amateur telescope, then it is sight-able by the naked eye.

This is simply because its so close, that a crescent that can be seen by an amateur telescope or binoculars can also be seen by the naked eye.

Of course, like Sister Fatimah and Dr. Jiwaji mentioned, the moon will be very close to the sun and chances of spotting are slim (but possible) on Saturday evening.
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Re: Eid: Moon on Saturday 19th September 2009

Postby Muhammad Mahdi » 18 Sep 2009, 08:44

If Eid is 2morrow for DSM, theat would mean you fasted 28 days.
Isn't an Islamic month supposed to have either 29 0r 30 days?
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Re: Eid: Moon on Saturday 19th September 2009

Postby abuali » 18 Sep 2009, 08:49

I mean if the moon is sighted on Saturday evening, the eid would be on Sunday
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Re: Eid: Moon on Saturday 19th September 2009

Postby Fatimah Zahra Karim » 18 Sep 2009, 09:09

hasin wrote:With regards to the moon, if the moon is sight-able by say an amateur telescope, then it is sight-able by the naked eye.

This is simply because its so close, that a crescent that can be seen by an amateur telescope or binoculars can also be seen by the naked eye.


Not quite so. There's a few people who moon-hunt every month to be able to declare it a new month. And according to one of them, there are times when you can see the moon with binoculars but you can't see it with your usual 20/20 vision, even though you're looking smack at it. In such situations, you can not declare it the 1st night of the new month.
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Re: Eid: Moon on Saturday 19th September 2009

Postby abuali » 18 Sep 2009, 11:05

Interesting

I didnt know that. Thanks for the info

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