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Crescent Moon Visibility for Ramadan 2018

Summary

Crescent Moon over Ash Priors on 18th April 2007 The visibility of the new crescent moon for May 2018 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 entry **:** indicates the setting phenomenon takes place the following day. The instant of new Moon takes place on Tuesday May 15th 2018 at 11:48 UT / 12:48 BST. No naked-eye sightings of the new crescent moon are likely to take place on May 15th from the Middle East, North Africa or the United Kingdom. For those observers in the Middle East, North Africa and the southern half of the United Kingdom, easy sightings should be possible with the naked eye on Wednesday May 16th. Easy sightings of the new crescent moon should be possible in the northern half of the United Kingdom on Thursday May 17th.

Visibility of the New Crescent Moon from selected locations

Visibility of the New Crescent Moon
LocationTuesday
15th May
Wednesday
16th May
Thursday
17th May
Friday
18th May
Mecca
Times in AST
i.e. GMT+3hr
Not VisibleEasily Visible
SS: 18:52
MS: 19:58
Easily Visible
SS: 18:53
MS: 21:02
Easily Visible
SS: 18:53
MS: 22:04
Rabat
Times in WET
i.e. GMT+0hr
Not VisibleEasily Visible
SS: 19:23
MS: 20:36
Easily Visible
SS: 19:23
MS: 21:42
Easily Visible
SS: 19:24
MS: 22:44
London
Times in BST
i.e. GMT+1hr
Not VisibleEasily Visible
SS: 20:47
MS: 21:57
Easily Visible
SS: 20:49
MS: 23:09
Easily Visible
SS: 20:50
MS: **:**
Cardiff
Times in BST
i.e. GMT+1hr
Not VisibleEasily Visible
SS: 21:00
MS: 22:10
Easily Visible
SS: 21:01
MS: 23:22
Easily Visible
SS: 21:03
MS: **:**
Birmingham
Times in BST
i.e. GMT+1hr
Not VisibleEasily Visible
SS: 20:58
MS: 22:08
Easily Visible
SS: 21:00
MS: 23:21
Easily Visible
SS: 21:01
MS: **:**
Leicester
Times in BST
i.e. GMT+1hr
Not VisibleEasily Visible
SS: 20:56
MS: 22:05
Easily Visible
SS: 20:58
MS: 23:18
Easily Visible
SS: 20:59
MS: **:**
Sheffield
Times in BST
i.e. GMT+1hr
Not VisibleEasily Visible
SS: 21:01
MS: 22:10
Easily Visible
SS: 21:03
MS: 23:23
Easily Visible
SS: 21:04
MS: **:**
Manchester
Times in BST
i.e. GMT+1hr
Not VisibleEasily Visible
SS: 21:05
MS: 22:14
Easily Visible
SS: 21:06
MS: 23:27
Easily Visible
SS: 21:08
MS: **:**
Bradford
Times in BST
i.e. GMT+1hr
Not VisibleEasily Visible
SS: 21:04
MS: 22:13
Easily Visible
SS: 21:06
MS: 23:27
Easily Visible
SS: 21:07
MS: **:**
Leeds
Times in BST
i.e. GMT+1hr
Not VisibleEasily Visible
SS: 21:04
MS: 22:13
Easily Visible
SS: 21:05
MS: 23:26
Easily Visible
SS: 21:07
MS: **:**
Belfast
Times in BST
i.e. GMT+1hr
Not VisibleEasily Visible
SS: 21:25
MS: 22:34
Easily Visible
SS: 21:26
MS: 23:48
Easily Visible
SS: 21:28
MS: **:**
Newcastle
Times in BST
i.e. GMT+1hr
Not VisibleEasily Visible
SS: 21:09
MS: 22:18
Easily Visible
SS: 21:11
MS: 23:32
Easily Visible
SS: 21:13
MS: **:**
Glasgow
Times in BST
i.e. GMT+1hr
Not VisibleVisible Under Excellent Conditions
SS: 21:25
MS: 22:34
Easily Visible
SS: 21:27
MS: 23:48
Easily Visible
SS: 21:28
MS: **:**

 

New Crescent Moon Visibility Maps for the May 2018 New Moon

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1) — Tuesday May 15th 2018: The New Moon conjunction has not yet taken place within the purple diagonal-striped area encompassing eastern Asia, Indonesia, Australasia and Japan. It should also be noted that the Moon sets before the Sun in the light brown-shaded area covering central and western Asia, northern parts of the Middle East and most of Europe. A telescopic sighting of the new crescent moon with small, conventional amateur-sized telescopes is possible from as far east as the eastern parts of the Pacific Basin. The first visibility of the new crescent moon with the naked eye under excellent conditions may come from as far east as French Polynesia and the islands just to the east of the International Date Line.

Crescent Moon Visibility for May 15th 2018

2) — Wednesday May 16th 2018: Naked-eye sightings under excellent conditions may be possible from south-eastern Australia, Oceania, southern Japan and northern China. Easy sightings of the new crescent moon should be possible from most of the rest of the world with the possible exceptions of northern Scandinavia and Scotland. Observers living in these areas will have to wait until the following day to make their sightings.

Crescent Moon Visibility for May 16th 2018

3) — Thursday May 17th 2018: The crescent moon should be easily visible to the naked eye worldwide.

Crescent Moon Visibility for May 17th 2018

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