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Crescent Moon Visibility for Eid-al-Fitr 2015

Summary

Crescent Moon over Ash Priors on 18th April 2007 The visibility of the new crescent moon for July 2015 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) and Rabat (with timings in Western European Time — WET / WET + 1hr as appropriate) for reference as 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. The instant of new Moon takes place at July 16th 2015 at 01:24 UT / 02:24 BST. It is extremely unlikely that any naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon will take place on Thursday July 16th from the Middle East, North Africa or the United Kingdom. For those observers in the Middle East and North Africa, a sighting should be possible with the naked eye on Friday July 17th. Telescopic observations of the crescent moon may be possible in the southern part of England on the same day. Observers in the United Kingdom will have to wait until Saturday July 18th to make naked-eye sightings of the new crescent moon.

Visibility of the New Crescent Moon from selected locations

Visibility of the New Crescent Moon
LocationThursday
16th July
Friday
17th July
Saturday
18th July
Sunday
19th July
Mecca
Times in AST
i.e. GMT+3hr
Not VisibleEasily visible
SS: 19:06
MS: 20:01
Easily visible
SS: 19:06
MS: 20:42
Easily visible
SS: 19:05
MS: 21:20
Rabat
Times in WET
i.e. GMT+0hr
until July 19th
Not VisibleEasily visible
SS: 19:39
MS: 20:28
Easily visible
SS: 19:38
MS: 21:04
Easily visible
SS: 20:38
MS: 22:38
(WET+1hr)
London Not visibleTelescope
required
Easily visible
SS: 21:09
MS: 22:00
Easily visible
SS: 21:07
MS: 22:25
Cardiff Not visibleTelescope
required
Easily visible
SS: 21:21
MS: 22:12
Easily visible
SS: 21:19
MS: 22:37
BirminghamNot visibleNot visibleEasily visible
SS: 21:20
MS: 22:08
Easily visible
SS: 21:19
MS: 22:33
Leicester Not visibleNot visibleEasily visible
SS: 21:18
MS: 22:06
Easily visible
SS: 21:17
MS: 22:30
Sheffield Not visibleNot visibleEasily visible
SS: 21:23
MS: 22:08
Easily visible
SS: 21:22
MS: 22:32
ManchesterNot visibleNot visibleEasily visible
SS: 21:27
MS: 22:12
Easily visible
SS: 21:26
MS: 22:35
Bradford Not visibleNot visibleEasily visible
SS: 21:27
MS: 22:10
Easily visible
SS: 21:25
MS: 22:34
Leeds Not visibleNot visibleEasily visible
SS: 21:26
MS: 22:09
Easily visible
SS: 21:25
MS: 22:33
Belfast Not visibleNot visibleEasily visible
SS: 21:48
MS: 22:29
Easily visible
SS: 21:46
MS: 22:52
Newcastle Not visibleNot visibleEasily visible
SS: 21:33
MS: 22:12
Easily visible
SS: 21:31
MS: 22:35
Glasgow Not visibleNot visibleEasily visible
SS: 21:49
MS: 22:25
Easily visible
SS: 21:47
MS: 22:46

 

New Crescent Moon Visibility Maps for the July 2015 New Moon

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1 — Thursday July 16th 2015: It should be noted that the Moon sets before the Sun in most of the northern half of Asia, most of Europe and Canada within the brown-shaded area. A telescopic sighting of the new crescent moon may just be possible from the south-western tip of South Africa on July 16th. A sighting of the new crescent moon with the naked eye under excellent conditions may be possible from as far east as southern Brazil and subsequently from most of the rest of South America (except the north-eastern part) and the Hawaiian Islands on the same day. Easier sightings of the crescent moon with the naked eye may be possible from French Polynesia and the Cook Islands also on July 16th.

Crescent Moon Visibility for July 16th 2015

2 — Friday July 17th 2015: The Moon sets before the Sun in northernmost parts of Russia, Scandinavia and Scotland within the brown-shaded area. Parts of the central band of Asia and southern Europe may be able to make a sighting with the naked eye under excellent conditions on July 17th. However, most of the world including southern Asia, the Middle East, Africa and most of the Americas with the exception of Japan, northern Asia, most of northern Europe and Canada will probably make easier sightings of the crescent moon with the naked eye on July 17th.

Crescent Moon Visibility for July 17th 2015

3 — Saturday July 18th 2015: The crescent moon should be easily visible from most of the world including the United Kingdom with the possible exception of north-eastern Russia which may have to wait until Sunday July 19th to make their sighting of the crescent moon.

Crescent Moon Visibility for July 18th 2015

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