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Crescent Moon Visibility for Eid-al-Fitr 2013

Summary

The visibility of the new crescent moon for August 2013 and the start of the Islamic Festival of Eid al-Fitr is shown in the table below. We have included Mecca (with timings in Arabian Standard Time — AST) for reference as a well as a number of cities across the United Kingdom. Times of sunset (SS) and moonset (MS) in British Summer Time are shown where relevant. It is extremely unlikely that any naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon will take place on August 6th and August 7th except for locations in the southern half of South America and Polynesia. Mecca will see probably see the new crescent Moon on August 8th whereas the United Kingdom will have to wait until August 9th.

Visibility of the New Crescent Moon from selected UK locations

Visibility of the New Crescent Moon
Location7th August8th August9th August10th August
Mecca
Times in AST
i.e. GMT+3hrs
Not visibleEasily Visible
SS: 18:56
MS: 19:45
Easily visible
SS: 18:55
MS: 20:23
Easily visible
SS: 18:55
MS: 21:01
London Not visibleNot VisibleEasily Visible
SS: 20:34
MS: 21:07
Easily visible
SS: 20:33
MS: 21:30
Cardiff Not visibleNot VisibleEasily Visible
SS: 20:47
MS: 21:19
Easily visible
SS: 20:45
MS: 21:42
BirminghamNot visibleNot visibleEasily Visible
SS: 20:44
MS: 21:14
Easily visible
SS: 20:42
MS: 21:35
Leicester Not visibleNot visibleEasily Visible
SS: 20:42
MS: 21:11
Easily visible
SS: 20:40
MS: 21:32
Sheffield Not visibleNot visibleEasily Visible
SS: 20:46
MS: 21:12
Easily visible
SS: 20:44
MS: 21:33
ManchesterNot visibleNot visibleEasily Visible
SS: 20:50
MS: 21:15
Easily visible
SS: 20:48
MS: 21:36
Bradford Not visibleNot visibleEasily Visible
SS: 20:49
MS: 21:13
Easily visible
SS: 20:47
MS: 21:34
Leeds Not visibleNot visibleEasily Visible
SS: 20:48
MS: 21:13
Easily visible
SS: 20:46
MS: 21:33
Belfast Not visibleNot visibleEasily Visible
SS: 21:08
MS: 21:30
Easily visible
SS: 21:06
MS: 21:50
Newcastle Not visibleNot visibleEasily Visible
SS: 20:52
MS: 21:13
Easily visible
SS: 20:50
MS: 21:32
Glasgow Not visibleNot visibleEasily Visible
SS: 21:07
MS: 21:23
Easily visible
SS: 21:05
MS: 21:42

 

New Crescent Moon Visibility Maps for the August 2013 New Moon

To download a pdf version of one of the new crescent moon visibility maps, please click on the relevant map.

1 — Tuesday August 6th 2013: The map shows that in parts of south-eastern South America, the old crescent moon is still potentially visible (within the red striped area) i.e. the New Moon conjunction has not yet taken place. The Moon sets before the Sun in north-western parts of South America and the northern Pacific Ocean region. It is extremely unlikely that any sighting of the new crescent moon will be made on August 6th 2013.

Crescent Moon Visibility for August 6th 2013

2 — Wednesday August 7th 2013: The Moon sets before the Sun in northern parts of Asia, most of Europe and northern part of Canada (within the brown shaded area). Sightings of the new crescent moon could be made under excellent conditions from most of the northern half of South America and the Hawaiian Islands on August 7th 2013. Easier sightings should also be possible the same day from southern parts of South America and Polynesia.

Crescent Moon Visibility for August 7th 2013

3 — Thursday August 8th 2013: The crescent moon should be visible from most of the world with the exceptions of northern Asia, most of Europe including the British Isles and northern Canada on August 8th 2013. These areas will probably make their sightings the following day on Friday August 9th.

Crescent Moon Visibility for August 8th 2013

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