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Crescent Moon Visibility for Eid al-Fitr 2022

Summary

Crescent Moon over Ash Priors on 18th April 2007 The visibility of the new crescent moon for April/May 2022 (lunation number 1229) 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 or GMT+3 hours) and Rabat (with timings in Western European Time – WET between March 27th and May 8th) 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 provided. 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 Saturday April 30th 2022 at 20:28 UT / 21:28 BST. No sightings of the crescent moon are likely on Saturday April 30th on a global basis. A telescopic sighting is possible on Sunday May 1st from parts of the Middle East as is a sighting using optical aid to find the crescent moon from the northern half of Africa and parts of the United Kingdom. Sightings are possible with the naked eye under excellent conditions on the same day from north-western Africa, the northern half of South America and northern parts of Canada. Easy sightings, again on the same day, are possible from the Caribbean region, Central America, the United States, north-westernmost parts of South America and the eastern half of the Pacific Ocean region. Naked-eye sightings are likely almost globally on Monday May 2nd and Tuesday May 3rd. More detailed descriptions are given below.

For those observers in the Middle East, sightings of the crescent moon with optical assistance are possible on Sunday May 1st. Sightings under excellent conditions are possible from north-western Africa on the same day. Easy sightings are likely on Monday May 2nd and Tuesday May 3rd from the Middle East, Africa and the United Kingdom. Sightings requiring optical assistance or the use of a telescope at selected locations are shaded in the table below whereas sightings which may require optical assistance are shaded thus. Similarly, sightings which require perfect conditions to make a naked-eye sighting are also shaded thus. The most likely dates for the first naked-eye sighting of the month under average conditions at a given location are also shaded in the table below.

Visibility of the New Crescent Moon from selected locations

Visibility of the New Crescent Moon in April/May 2022
LocationSaturday
30th April
Sunday
1st May
Monday
2nd May
Tuesday
3rd May
Mecca
Times in AST
i.e. GMT+3hr
Not Visible May require optical aid to find crescent
SS: 18:46
MS: 19:24
Easily Visible
SS: 18:46
MS: 20:18
Easily Visible
SS: 18:47
MS: 21:13
Rabat
Times in WET
i.e. GMT+0hr
Not Visible Naked-eye sighting in perfect conditions
SS: 19:11
MS: 20:00
Easily Visible
SS: 19:12
MS: 21:00
Easily Visible
SS: 19:13
MS: 21:59
London
Times in BST
i.e. GMT+1hr
Not visible May require optical aid to find crescent
SS: 20:24
MS: 21:21
Easily Visible
SS: 20:25
MS: 22:35
Easily Visible
SS: 20:27
MS: 23:44
Cardiff
Times in BST
i.e. GMT+1hr
Not visible May require optical aid to find crescent
SS: 20:36
MS: 21:34
Easily Visible
SS: 20:38
MS: 22:47
Easily Visible
SS: 20:39
MS: 23:57
Birmingham
Times in BST
i.e. GMT+1hr
Not visible May require optical aid to find crescent
SS: 20:34
MS: 21:33
Easily Visible
SS: 20:35
MS: 22:47
Easily Visible
SS: 20:37
MS: 23:58
Leicester
Times in BST
i.e. GMT+1hr
Not visible Will require optical aid to find crescent
SS: 20:31
MS: 21:30
Easily Visible
SS: 20:33
MS: 22:45
Easily Visible
SS: 20:35
MS: 23:55
Sheffield
Times in BST
i.e. GMT+1hr
Not visible Will require optical aid to find crescent
SS: 20:35
MS: 21:35
Easily Visible
SS: 20:37
MS: 22:51
Easily Visible
SS: 20:39
MS: **:**
Manchester
Times in BST
i.e. GMT+1hr
Not visible Will require optical aid to find crescent
SS: 20:29
MS: 21:29
Easily Visible
SS: 20:41
MS: 22:54
Easily Visible
SS: 20:42
MS: **:**
Bradford
Times in BST
i.e. GMT+1hr
Not visible Will require optical aid to find crescent
SS: 20:38
MS: 21:38
Easily Visible
SS: 20:40
MS: 22:54
Easily Visible
SS: 20:42
MS: **:**
Leeds
Times in BST
i.e. GMT+1hr
Not visible Will require optical aid to find crescent
SS: 20:37
MS: 21:37
Easily Visible
SS: 20:39
MS: 22:54
Easily Visible
SS: 20:41
MS: **:**
Belfast
Times in BST
i.e. GMT+1hr
Not visible Will require optical aid to find crescent
SS: 20:57
MS: 21:59
Easily Visible
SS: 20:59
MS: 23:16
Easily Visible
SS: 21:01
MS: **;**
Newcastle
Times in BST
i.e. GMT+1hr
Not visible Will require optical aid to find crescent
SS: 20:42
MS: 21:43
Easily Visible
SS: 20:44
MS: 23:01
Easily Visible
SS: 20:45
MS: **:**
Glasgow
Times in BST
i.e. GMT+1hr
Not visible Will require optical aid to find crescent
SS: 20:56
MS: 21:58
Easily Visible
SS: 20:58
MS: 23:18
Easily Visible
SS: 21:00
MS: **:**

New Crescent Moon Visibility Maps for April/May 2022

1) – Saturday April 30th 2022: The New Moon conjunction has not yet taken place within the purple diagonal-striped area encompassing countries east of longitudes of a line running from 10° west and 60° north and 60° west and 60° south. It should also be noted that the Moon sets before the Sun in the light brown-shaded area covering most of the globe with the exception of most of the Americas. Telescopic sightings of the crescent moon with small, conventional amateur-sized telescopes as well as sightings with the naked eye are also extremely unlikely on a global basis.

Crescent Moon Visibility for April 30th 2022

2) – Sunday May 1st 2022: A telescopic sighting of the crescent moon with small, conventional amateur-sized telescopes is possible from as far east as the western part of Iran, the north-western Indian Ocean region, parts of central and eastern Europe, parts of southern Africa and small parts of central southern South America. Optical aid may be needed to find the crescent moon from the western part of the Arabian peninsula, most of Africa except the southern part, parts of the United Kingdom, northern Canada and southern central parts of South America. Naked-eye sightings under excellent conditions are possible from north-western Africa, Canada and northern central parts of South America. Easy sightings are possible from most of the United States, the Caribbean region, Central America, the north-western part of South America and the eastern half of the Pacific Ocean region.

Crescent Moon Visibility for May 1st 2022

3) – Monday May 2nd 2022: The crescent moon should be easily visible on a global basis with the possible exceptions of south-eastern Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand where excellent conditions or optical assistance will be required to make sightings. Easy sightings should be possible from the Middle East, Africa and the United Kingdom in particular.

Crescent Moon Visibility for May 2nd 2022

Download Adobe Acrobat Reader To download a pdf version of one of these crescent moon visibility maps, please click on the relevant map. Visibility maps for the interval covering 1990 to the present are also available on our CrescentMoonWatch web site.

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