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Crescent Moon Visibility for Eid al-Fitr 2020

Summary

Crescent Moon over Ash Priors on 18th April 2007 The visibility of the new crescent moon for May 2020 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 between April 19th and May 31st) for reference as well as a number of cities across the United Kingdom. Times of sunset (SS) and moonset (MS) in British Summer Time (BST) are shown where relevant. Offsets from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) are also given. The entry **:** indicates the setting phenomenon takes place the following day. The instant of new Moon takes place on Friday May 22nd 2020 at 17:39 UT / 18:39 BST. No naked-eye sightings of the new crescent moon are likely to take place on Friday May 22rd from the Middle East, North Africa or the United Kingdom. Naked-eye sightings of the new crescent moon under excellent conditions are possible from the south-western part of the Arabian peninsula, Africa except the southern part, the southern half of the Iberian peninsula and parts of southern Canada and central parts of South America on Saturday May 23rd. Possible sightings of the new crescent moon under perfect conditions are possible from the area of Mecca and also Rabat. Easy sightings are likely to take place on the same day from westernmost Africa, the northern half of South America, Central America, the Caribbean region, the United States and the eastern Pacific Ocean region including the Hawaiian Islands and French Polynesia. Easy sightings of the crescent moon are likely globally on Sunday May 24th from the Middle East, North Africa and the United Kingdom.

Visibility of the New Crescent Moon from selected locations

Visibility of the New Crescent Moon
LocationFriday
22nd May
Saturday
23rd May
Sunday
24th May
Monday
25th May
Mecca
Times in AST
i.e. GMT+3hr
Not Visible Visible under excellent conditions
SS: 18:56
MS: 19:39
Easily Visible
SS: 18:56
MS: 20:35
Easily Visible
SS: 18:56
MS: 21:31
Rabat
Times in WET
i.e. GMT+0hr
Not Visible Visible under excellent conditions
SS: 19:28
MS: 20:20
Easily Visible
SS: 19:29
MS: 21:19
Easily Visible
SS: 19:29
MS: 22:15
London
Times in BST
i.e. GMT+1hr
Not visible Will require optical aid to find crescent
SS: 20:58
MS: 21:52
Easily Visible
SS: 20:59
MS: 22:57
Easily Visible
SS: 21:01
MS: 23:56
Cardiff
Times in BST
i.e. GMT+1hr
Not visible Will require optical aid to find crescent
SS: 21:10
MS: 22:04
Easily Visible
SS: 21:12
MS: 23:10
Easily Visible
SS: 21:13
MS: **:**
Birmingham
Times in BST
i.e. GMT+1hr
Not visible Will require optical aid to find crescent
SS: 21:10
MS: 22:04
Easily Visible
SS: 21:11
MS: 23:10
Easily Visible
SS: 21:12
MS: **:**
Leicester
Times in BST
i.e. GMT+1hr
Not visible Will require optical aid to find crescent
SS: 21:07
MS: 22:01
Easily Visible
SS: 21:09
MS: 23:08
Easily Visible
SS: 21:10
MS: **:**
Sheffield
Times in BST
i.e. GMT+1hr
Not visible Not visible with a conventional telescope
SS: 21:13
MS: 22:07
Easily Visible
SS: 21:14
MS: 23:14
Easily Visible
SS: 21:16
MS: **:**
Manchester
Times in BST
i.e. GMT+1hr
Not visible Not visible with a conventional telescope
SS: 21:16
MS: 22:11
Easily Visible
SS: 21:18
MS: 23:18
Easily Visible
SS: 21:19
MS: **:**
Bradford
Times in BST
i.e. GMT+1hr
Not visible Not visible with a conventional telescope
SS: 21:16
MS: 22:10
Easily Visible
SS: 21:17
MS: 23:18
Easily Visible
SS: 21:19
MS: **:**
Leeds
Times in BST
i.e. GMT+1hr
Not visible Not visible with a conventional telescope
SS: 21:15
MS: 22:10
Easily Visible
SS: 21:17
MS: 23:17
Easily Visible
SS: 21:18
MS: **:**
Belfast
Times in BST
i.e. GMT+1hr
Not visible Not visible with a conventional telescope
SS: 21:37
MS: 22:32
Easily Visible
SS: 21:38
MS: 23:40
Easily Visible
SS: 21:40
MS: **;**
Newcastle
Times in BST
i.e. GMT+1hr
Not visible Not visible with a conventional telescope
SS: 21:22
MS: 22:16
Easily Visible
SS: 21:23
MS: 23:25
Easily Visible
SS: 21:25
MS: **:**
Glasgow
Times in BST
i.e. GMT+1hr
Not visible Not visible with a conventional telescope
SS: 21:38
MS: 22:33
Easily Visible
SS: 21:40
MS: 23:43
Easily Visible
SS: 21:41
MS: **:**

 

New Crescent Moon Visibility Maps for the May 2020 New Moon

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1) — Friday May 22nd 2020: The New Moon conjunction has not yet taken place within the purple diagonal-striped area encompassing countries east of a longitude of approximately 0° (Greenwich Meridian). It should also be noted that the Moon sets before the Sun in the light brown-shaded area covering most of the populated parts of the globe with the exception of most of the Americas. Telescopic sightings with small, conventional amateur-sized telescopes are unlikely globally.

Crescent Moon Visibility for May 22nd 2020

2) — Saturday May 23rd 2020: Naked-eye sightings of the new crescent moon under excellent conditions are possible from the south-western part of the Arabian peninsula, Africa except the southern part, the southern half of the Iberian peninsula and parts of southern Canada and central parts of South America on Saturday May 23rd. Possible sightings of the new crescent moon under perfect conditions are possible from the areas surrounding Mecca and also Rabat. Easy sightings are likely to take place on the same day from westernmost Africa, the northern half of South America, Central America, the Caribbean region, the United States and the eastern Pacific Ocean region including the Hawaiian Islands and French Polynesia.

Crescent Moon Visibility for May 23rd 2020

3) — Sunday May 24th 2020: The new crescent moon should be easily visible globally, including North Africa, the Middle East and the United Kingdom.

Crescent Moon Visibility for May 24th 2020

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