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When to Observe Rabee' Al-Awwal Waxing (NEW) Crescent ?


The geocentric conjunction (Geocentric New Moon) will occur Inshalla on (Saturday 18 November 2017) at 11:42 UT.

Sighting the new crescent on (Saturday 18 November 2017) and (Sunday 19 November 2017) is shown in the below graphs using the program Accurate Times by Mohammad Odeh according to Odeh criterion. Where:-

Saturday 18 November 2017


Sunday 19 November 2017

According to the Universal Hejric Calendar (UHC), which is based on the calculated crescent visibility, the start of this month in the Eastern Region will be on Monday 20 November 2017 and in the Western Region will be on Sunday 19 November 2017. Kindly notice that the UHC is a pre-calculated calendar, which adopts a certain criterion to start the new Hejric month. Your country/organization might adopt different criterion to start the new Hejric month. So it is highly advised to read the UHC website before giving any judgment.

- Results of seeing the crescent, and the first day of the month in different countries will be added here Inshalla as we receive the reports from ICOP's members. If you wish to be a member in ICOP, or to know more about it, kindly click here.





Rabee' Al-Awwal Waxing (NEW) Crescent Observation Results




18 November 2017



Iran


1 . Time of observation: After sunset. Not Seen:ICOP member Mr. Hossein Janghorbani from Tabriz City in East Azerbaijan State mentioned that the sky was partly cloudy, the atmospheric condition was hazy, the crescent was not seen by naked eye, the crescent was not seen by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging
Mr. Hossein Janghorbani said: "Mr.Reza Janghorbani based in the city of Tabriz in East Azerbaijan province due to hazy weather, Not see the crescent moon."



2 . Time of observation: After sunset. Not Seen:ICOP member Mr. Hossein Janghorbani from Shahreza City in Isfahan State mentioned that the sky was clear, the atmospheric condition was hazy, the crescent was not seen by naked eye, the crescent was not seen by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging
Mr. Hossein Janghorbani said: "In the name of God
Rabee' Al-Awwal Crescent Observation Report
The Astronomy and Geophysics Center of Shahreza – The Crescent Association of Shahreza
Report by: Hossein Janghorbani (Najmosepehr-Sadrolmonajjemin) – Manager of Shahreza Crescent Association and Red Crescent’s Astronomy and Geophysics Center
Date: Saturday, 11/18/2017
Location: Damzad foothills in the East of Shahreza (latitude: 32 00 N, longitude: 51 52 E, elevation: 1825m from sea level, time zone: +3.5 GMT)
Equipments: Two sets of 15*70 binoculars, One sets of 20*90 binoculars, One sets of 25*100 binoculars, One compass.
Atmospheric condition: hazy.
Horizon obstacles: 2°
Apparent sunset: 16:50
Results: Moon crescent was not seen by naked eye, Moon crescent was not seen by binocular.
Observers:
1.Abdolreza Gholami 2.Sayed Farzad Alavi 3.Sayed Moslem Rezvani 4.Saer Aliabedi 5.Mahdi Ghasemi 6.Ali Janghorbani 7.Hossein Janghorbani 8.Zahra Jamali 9.Zohreh Karimpoor 10.Shahideh Torabi 11.Toktam Aliabedi 12.Masoomeh Hafar 13.Ziba Hafar 14.Zinat Ghermezi 15.Roya Ghermezi 16.Fatemeh Tavakoli 17.Zahra Fallahi

"



Morocco


1 . Time of observation: After sunset. Not Seen:ICOP member Mr. Walid Fedi from وجدة City in وجدة انكاد State mentioned that the sky was partly cloudy, the atmospheric condition was clear, the crescent was not sought by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging



2 . Time of observation: After sunset. Not Seen:ICOP member Mr. Abdessamad Doukkane from الناظور City in جهة الشرق State mentioned that the sky was clear, the atmospheric condition was superb, the crescent was not sought by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging
Mr. Abdessamad Doukkane said: "قامت جمعية المبادرة المغربية للعلوم والفكر بمراقبة هلال ربيع الأول مع مندوبية الأوقاف والشؤون الاسلامية بالناظور مساء اليوم .
الصور هي للحظة غروب القمر بالناظور عند 17:21 , ووفق بيان الجمعية ستتغذر رؤية الهلال بالمملكة المغربية"



Palestine


1 . Time of observation: After sunset. Not Seen:ICOP member Mr. Mahmoud Abdul-Jawad from ديربلوط / 17/9/2017 City in سلفيت State mentioned that the sky was partly cloudy, the atmospheric condition was hazy, the crescent was not seen by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging



United Kingdom


1 . Time of observation: After sunset. Not Seen:ICOP member Eng. Qamar Uddin from York City in North Yorkshire State mentioned that the sky was partly cloudy, the atmospheric condition was hazy, the crescent was not seen by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging
Eng. Qamar Uddin said: "It was partly cloudy, Hilal not seen"



19 November 2017



Algeria


1 . Time of observation: After sunset.Seen:ICOP member Eng. Mourad Bahamida from البرمة City in ورقلة State mentioned that the sky was clear, the atmospheric condition was superb, the crescent was seen by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging



2 . Time of observation: After sunset.Seen:ICOP member Dr. Abdallah Ouragh from بريان City in تغردايت State mentioned that the sky was clear, the atmospheric condition was clear, the crescent was seen by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging



Brunei Darussalam


1 . Time of observation: After sunset.Seen:ICOP member Mr. Hazarry Haji Ali Ahmad from Bukit Agok City in Tutong State mentioned that the sky was partly cloudy, the atmospheric condition was clear, the crescent was not seen by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was seen by telescope, the crescent was seen by CCD Imaging
Mr. Hazarry Haji Ali Ahmad said: "The western horizon was partly cloudy at sunset, of which, Saturn and Mercury were clearly visible above horizon.

The 22 hour old crescent was first sighted through a refractor and digital camera's CCD at about 15 minutes after sunset.

The moon sighting was held at Bukit Agok in Tutong and attended by members of the Brunei Astronomical Society."



Indonesia


1 . Time of observation: After sunset.Seen by others:ICOP member Mr. AR Sugeng Riyadi from Surakarta City in Central Java State mentioned that the sky was totally cloudy, the atmospheric condition was very hazy, the crescent was not seen by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging
Mr. AR Sugeng Riyadi said: "The new crescent of Rabiul Awal 1439 AH was not sighted in Sunday, November 19th, 2017 from Rowasiya Observatory at Bendo Ketitang Juwiring Klaten Central Java Indonesia. The sky was rainy.

The new crescent of Rabiul Awal 1439 AH was SEEN by my friend - Tgk. Isma'il Alfalaky and his Team from PSIF IAIN Malikussaleh Lhokseumawe Aceh Indonesia."



Iran


1 . Time of observation: After sunset. Not Seen:ICOP member Mr. Hossein Janghorbani from Shahreza City in Isfahan State mentioned that the sky was totally cloudy, the atmospheric condition was hazy, the crescent was not seen by naked eye, the crescent was not seen by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging
Mr. Hossein Janghorbani said: "In the name of God
Rabee' Al-Awwal Crescent Observation Report
The Astronomy and Geophysics Center of Shahreza – The Crescent Association of Shahreza
Report by: Hossein Janghorbani (Najmosepehr-Sadrolmonajjemin) – Manager of Shahreza Crescent Association and Red Crescent’s Astronomy and Geophysics Center
Date: Sunday , 11/19/2017
Location: Red Crescent Association of Shahreza (latitude: 32 00 N, longitude: 51 52 E, elevation: 1825m from sea level, time zone: +3.5 GMT) 
Equipments: Two sets of 15*70 binoculars, One sets of 20*90 binoculars, One sets of 25*100 binoculars, One compass.
Atmospheric condition: Totally cloudy.
Horizon obstacles: 2.5°
Apparent sunset: --:--
Results: Moon crescent was not seen by naked eye, Moon crescent was not seen by binocular.   
Observers:
1.Sayed Mahdi Fatemi 2.Mohammad Reza Rahmati 3.Dr AliAkbar Taki 4.Abdolreza Gholami 5.EhsanAli Alinezhad 6.Farhad Mirzaee 7.Mostafa Babaee 8.AmirMohammad Jalili 9.Saer Aliabedi 10.Sayed Moslem Rezvani 11.MohammadSadra Nikeghbal 12.Ghasem Zamani 13.Ali Janghorbani 14.Hossein Janghorbani 15.Zahra Jamali 16.Tayebeh Shafiee 17.Shahideh Torabi 18.Toktam Aliabedi 19.Mohadeseh Alinezhad 20.Misagh Alinezhad 21.Maryam Shahcheraghi 22.Sara Salesi 23.Farzaneh Haghpanah 24.Zahra Fallahi
"



Malaysia


1 . Time of observation: After sunset.Seen:ICOP member Mr. Agku Bolkhizan Ahmad Thani from Labuan City in Labuan FT State mentioned that the sky was partly cloudy, the atmospheric condition was clear, the crescent was seen by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was seen by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging
Mr. Agku Bolkhizan Ahmad Thani said: "The Moon crescent was seen firstly by telescope SLT90 Celestron + Canon EOS 70D at 6.08pm after 7 minutes sunset. Observation by naked eyes was tried but it was seen at 6.26 pm after sunset."



Morocco


1 . Time of observation: After sunset.Seen:ICOP member Dr. Hassan Talibi from بنسليمان City in بنسليمان State mentioned that the sky was clear, the atmospheric condition was superb, the crescent was seen by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging



Oman


1 . Time of observation: After sunset.Seen:ICOP member Prof. Mohammed Al-Bussaidi from Al-Fulaij Obseravtory City in Muscat State mentioned that the sky was clear, the atmospheric condition was superb, the crescent was seen by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was seen by telescope, the crescent was seen by CCD Imaging
Prof. Mohammed Al-Bussaidi said: "Very clear western horizon, and very high Moon elevation made it easy to sight the Crescent Moon this evening. "



Saudi Arabia


1 . Time of observation: After sunset.Seen:ICOP member Dr. Ayyub Patel from Abha City in Aseer State mentioned that the sky was clear, the atmospheric condition was clear, the crescent was seen by naked eye, the crescent was seen by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging
Dr. Ayyub Patel said: "First sighted by binoculars celestron 15x70. then 5 minutes later could see it with naked eye. it was seen for around 20 minutes before it set behind mountains."



South Africa


1 . Time of observation: After sunset.Seen:ICOP member Dr. Abdurrazak Ebrahim from Cape Town City in Western Province State mentioned that the sky was partly cloudy, the atmospheric condition was hazy, the crescent was seen by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging



Tanzania


1 . Time of observation: After sunset.Seen:ICOP member Mr. Zaffar Sheriff from Daressalaam City in tanzania State mentioned that the sky was partly cloudy, the atmospheric condition was hazy, the crescent was seen by naked eye, the crescent was seen by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging
Mr. Zaffar Sheriff said: "Ist Rabiul Awwal in Tanzania corresponds to 20th November 2017."



United Arab Emirates


1 . Time of observation: After sunset.Seen:ICOP member Eng. Mohammad Odeh from جبل حفيت City in العين State mentioned that the sky was partly cloudy, the atmospheric condition was superb, the crescent was seen by naked eye, the crescent was seen by binocular, the crescent was seen by telescope, the crescent was seen by CCD Imaging
Eng. Mohammad Odeh said: "تم رصد الهلال ضمن دورة حول تحري الهلال مع دائرة الشؤون الإسلامية والعمل الخيري بدبي وبمشاركة مركز الشارقة لعلوم الفضاء والفلك. السماء كانت صافية بشكل استثنائي، وكانت قيمة صفاء الغلاف الجوي 0.076. تمت رؤية الهلال بتقنية التصوير الفلكي ابتداء من الساعة التاسعة صباحا وحتى موعد غروب القمر تقريبا. بعد الغروب تمكن الراصدون من رؤية الهلال باستخدام تقنية التصوير الفلكي وباستخدام التلسكوب وبالمنظار وبالعين المجردة. "



United States


1 . Time of observation: After sunset. Not Seen:ICOP member Dr. Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg City in Virginia State mentioned that the sky was partly cloudy, the atmospheric condition was hazy, the crescent was not seen by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging
Dr. Javad Torabinejad said: " arrived at my sighting location at 5:33 pm EST (sunset: 5:08 pm).  The west southwest horizon was mostly cloudy.  I stayed there till 6:10 pm (moonset: 6:21 pm) hoping to see the crescent in the openings but without success."




The OFFICIAL First Day in Different Countries



19 November 2017


1 . Iraq
2 . Jordan
3 . Libya
4 . Saudi Arabia


20 November 2017


1 . Algeria
2 . Indonesia
3 . Iran
4 . Malaysia
5 . Morocco
6 . Oman
7 . Pakistan
8 . Tanzania
9 . Tunisia
10 . United Arab Emirates
11 . United Kingdom


When to Observe Safar Waning (OLD) Crescent ?


The geocentric conjunction (Geocentric New Moon) will occur Inshalla on (Saturday 18 November 2017) at 11:42 UT.

Sighting the OLD crescent on (Saturday 18 November 2017) and (Friday 17 November 2017) is shown in the below graphs using the program Accurate Times by Mohammad Odeh according to Odeh criterion. Where:-

Saturday 18 November 2017


Friday 17 November 2017




Safar Waning (OLD) Crescent Observation Results




17 November 2017



Indonesia


1 . Time of observation: After sunriseSeen:ICOP member Mr. AR Sugeng Riyadi from Surakarta City in Central Java State mentioned that the sky was clear, the atmospheric condition was clear, the crescent was not seen by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was seen by telescope, the crescent was seen by CCD Imaging
Mr. AR Sugeng Riyadi said: "The daytime waning crescent of Shafar 1439 AH was sighted in Friday, November 17th, 2017 from Rowasiya Observatory at Bendo Ketitang Juwiring Klaten Central Java Indonesia.

The crescent was seen from both of eyepiece and ccd. The sky was very clear and very blue."



2 . Time of observation: Before sunrise.Seen by others:ICOP member Mr. AR Sugeng Riyadi from Surakarta City in Central Java State mentioned that the sky was partly cloudy, the atmospheric condition was clear, the crescent was not seen by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was not seen by telescope, the crescent was not seen by CCD Imaging
Mr. AR Sugeng Riyadi said: "The old creacent of Shafar 1439 AH was not sighted on Friday, 18 November 2017 from Rowasiya Observatory at Bendo Ketitang Juwiring Klaten Central Java Indonesia, the sky was totally cloudy.

My friend Abu Sholih at Ma'had Al-Umm Malang was able to see the creacent for about 2 minutes."



Nigeria


1 . Time of observation: Before sunrise.Seen:ICOP member Mr. Simwal Jibril from Kaduna City in Kaduna State mentioned that the sky was clear, the atmospheric condition was clear, the crescent was seen by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging



Palestine


1 . Time of observation: Before sunrise. Not Seen:ICOP member Mr. Mahmoud Abdul-Jawad from ديربلوط City in سلفيت State mentioned that the sky was clear, the atmospheric condition was clear, the crescent was not seen by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging



Saudi Arabia


1 . Time of observation: Before sunrise.Seen:ICOP member Dr. Ayyub Patel from Abha City in Aseer State mentioned that the sky was clear, the atmospheric condition was clear, the crescent was seen by naked eye, the crescent was seen by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging
Dr. Ayyub Patel said: "very easily seen for over 30 min."



2 . Time of observation: After sunriseSeen:ICOP member Mr. Turki Alamri from Sudair City in Almajmaah State mentioned that the sky was clear, the atmospheric condition was clear, the crescent was not sought by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was not seen by telescope, the crescent was seen by CCD Imaging
Mr. Turki Alamri said: "we started our observation me and dr: Sabry from Almajmaah observatory at 1:00 pm lt ,the old crescent was an easy hunt we also managed to see it before sunrise with naked eye 
AOD for 540 nm = 0.15"



United States


1 . Time of observation: Before sunrise.Seen:ICOP member Dr. Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg City in Virginia State mentioned that the sky was clear, the atmospheric condition was hazy, the crescent was seen by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging
Dr. Javad Torabinejad said: "Jupiter and Venus were sighted first; Venus was used as a guide to locate the crescent (Stellarium provided the relative position and distance).  The crescent was thin with its horns at about 4:30 and 6:30 O'clock (4:30;5:30;6:30).  Binocular was used to ascertain the latter data."



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