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Crescent Moon Visibility for Ramadan 2015

Summary

Crescent Moon over Ash Priors on 18th April 2007 The visibility of the new crescent moon in June 2015 and the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan 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) 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 June 16th 2015 at 14:05 UT / 15:05 BST. It is extremely unlikely that any naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon will take place on Tuesday June 16th from the Middle East, North Africa or the United Kingdom. For those observers in the Middle East and North Africa, a sighting may be possible with the naked eye under excellent conditions on Wednesday June 17th. Observers in the United Kingdom will have to wait until Thursday June 18th to make their sighting of the new crescent moon.

Visibility of the New Crescent Moon from selected locations

Visibility of the New Crescent Moon
LocationTuesday
16th June
Wednesday
17th June
Thursday
18th June
Friday
19th June
Mecca
Times in AST
i.e. GMT+3hr
Not visibleVisible under excellent conditions
SS: 19:05
MS: 19:49
Easily visible
SS: 19:05
MS: 20:38
Easily visible
SS: 19:05
MS: 21:23
Rabat
Times in WET
i.e. GMT+0hr
Not visibleVisible under excellent conditions
SS: 19:41
MS: 20:24
Easily visible
SS: 19:41
MS: 21:10
Easily visible
SS: 19:41
MS: 21:52
London Not visibleNot VisibleEasily Visible
SS: 21:21
MS: 22:25
Easily visible
SS: 21:21
MS: 23:00
Cardiff Not visibleNot VisibleEasily Visible
SS: 21:33
MS: 22:37
Easily visible
SS: 21:33
MS: 23:12
BirminghamNot visibleNot visibleEasily Visible
SS: 21:33
MS: 22:35
Easily visible
SS: 21:34
MS: 23:10
Leicester Not visibleNot visibleEasily Visible
SS: 21:31
MS: 22:33
Easily visible
SS: 21:31
MS: 23:07
Sheffield Not visibleNot visibleEasily Visible
SS: 21:37
MS: 22:37
Easily visible
SS: 21:37
MS: 23:11
ManchesterNot visibleNot visibleEasily Visible
SS: 21:41
MS: 22:40
Easily visible
SS: 21:41
MS: 23:14
Bradford Not visibleNot visibleEasily Visible
SS: 21:41
MS: 22:39
Easily visible
SS: 21:41
MS: 23:13
Leeds Not visibleNot visibleEasily Visible
SS: 21:40
MS: 22:39
Easily visible
SS: 21:40
MS: 23:12
Belfast Not visibleNot visibleEasily Visible
SS: 22:03
MS: 23:00
Easily visible
SS: 22:03
MS: 23:33
Newcastle Not visibleNot visibleEasily Visible
SS: 21:48
MS: 22:43
Easily visible
SS: 21:49
MS: 23:16
Glasgow Not visibleNot visibleEasily Visible
SS: 22:05
MS: 22:58
Easily visible
SS: 22:06
MS: 23:30

 

New Crescent Moon Visibility Maps for the June 2015 New Moon

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1 — Tuesday June 16th 2015: The New Moon conjunction has not yet taken place within the purple diagonal-striped area covering most of the Indian Ocean, the eastern half of Asia and Oceania. It should be noted that the Moon also sets before the Sun in Oceania, Asia, the northern half of Africa, Europe and the northern half of North America within the brown-shaded area. It is possible that a telescopic sighting of the new crescent moon could be made from the Pacific island groups of French Polynesia and the Cook Islands on June 16th.

Crescent Moon Visibility for June 16th 2015

2 — Wednesday June 17th 2015: The Moon sets before the Sun in northern parts of Russia and Scandinavia within the brown-shaded area. Sightings of the new crescent moon may be made with the naked eye under excellent conditions from the eastern Indian Ocean region, Australia, south-east Asia, southern India, Saudi Arabia, northern Africa and northern parts of the United States on June 17th. Easier naked-eye sightings of the crescent moon may also be possible the same day from most of the Indian Ocean region, most of Africa and the Americas except the northern half of North America.

Crescent Moon Visibility for June 17th 2015

3 — Thursday June 18th 2015: The crescent moon should be easily visible to the naked eye worldwide, including the United Kingdom, with the possible exceptions of northern parts of Russian and Scandinavia on June 18th. These areas will probably be able to make their sightings of the crescent moon the following day on Friday June 19th.

Crescent Moon Visibility for June 18th 2015

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