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When to Observe Rajab Waxing (NEW) Crescent ?


The geocentric conjunction (Geocentric New Moon) will occur Inshalla on (Tuesday 28 March 2017) at 02:57 UT.

Sighting the new crescent on (Tuesday 28 March 2017) and (Wedensday 29 March 2017) is shown in the below graphs using the program Accurate Times by Mohammad Odeh according to Odeh criterion. Where:-

Tuesday 28 March 2017

Wedensday 29 March 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 Wedensday 29 March 2017 and in the Western Region will be on Wedensday 29 March 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.





Rajab Waxing (NEW) Crescent Observation Results




28 March 2017



Germany


1 . Time of observation: After sunset.Seen:ICOP member Eng. Martin Elsaesser from Munich City in Bavaria 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 seen by telescope, the crescent was seen by CCD Imaging
Eng. Martin Elsaesser said: "We first observed the crescent around local noon with the imaging system. Skies were ok, with some blue/white colors around the sun. The imaging system easily showed the crescent at 6° elongation in the daytime sky.

We tried again after sunset to observe the crescent. Sky conditions near the western horizon were far worse. The imaging system showed the crescent clear enough, but we could not see it visually through the same telescope."



Hungary


1 . Time of observation: After sunset. Not Seen:ICOP member Dr. M. Al-Majari from Bataszek City in Tolna State mentioned that the sky was clear, the atmospheric condition was superb, 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
Dr. M. Al-Majari said: "الصورة من مدينة قريبة"



Indonesia


1 . Time of observation: After sunset. Not Seen: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 not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging
Mr. AR Sugeng Riyadi said: "The new crescent of Rajab 1438 AH was not seen on Tuesday 28 March 2017 from my location at Rowasiya Observatory, Bendo Ketitang Juwiring Klaten Indonesia even the sky was clear.

The 1st of Rajab 1438 AH in Indonesia will start on Wednesday 29 March 2017, according to the Imkan Rukyat (calculation) MABIMS."



Morocco


1 . Time of observation: After sunset. Not 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 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



Oman


1 . Time of observation: After sunset.Seen:ICOP member Prof. Mohammed Al-Bussaidi from Near Ghaba City in Ghaba 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 seen by CCD Imaging
Prof. Mohammed Al-Bussaidi said: "Weather conditions was partly cloudy, and we able to sight the crescent when they was slight break in clouds by using a telescope + CCD camera"



29 March 2017



Algeria


1 . Time of observation: After sunset.Seen:ICOP member Mr. Ahmad Reda Mami from سطيف City in سطيف 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



Australia


1 . Time of observation: After sunset.Seen:ICOP member Mr. Taymour Nabulsi from Sydney City in New South Wales 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



Germany


1 . Time of observation: After sunset.Seen:ICOP member Eng. Gerhard Ahmad Kaufmann from Moerlenbach City in Hessen 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
Eng. Gerhard Ahmad Kaufmann said: "Crescent shortly visible between clouds."



Hungary


1 . Time of observation: After sunset.Seen:ICOP member Dr. M. Al-Majari from Tolna City in Tolna 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



Indonesia


1 . Time of observation: After sunset.Seen:ICOP member Mr. Abu Sabda El Falaky from Sukabumi City in West Java 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 seen by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging



Iran


1 . Time of observation: After sunset.Seen:ICOP member Mr. Hossein Janghorbani from Shahreza City in Isfahan State mentioned that the sky was partly cloudy, 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
Mr. Hossein Janghorbani said: "In the name of God
Happy new Years (1396 - In accordance with Iran's official calendar)  
Rajab Crescent Observation Report
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: Wedensday, 03/29/2017
Location: Damzad foothills in the East of Shahreza (latitude: 32 00 N, longitude: 51 52 E, elevation: 1825m from sea level, time zone: +4.5 GMT)
Equipments: One sets of 15*70 binoculars, One sets of 20*90 binoculars, One sets of 7*50 binoculars, One compass.
Atmospheric condition: partly cloudy in western horizon.
Horizon obstacles: 1/5°
Apparent sunset: 19:14
Results: Moon crescent was seen by 7*50 binoculars by Reza Janghorbani at 19:21, for the first time. Other group members observed crescent by binoculars subsequently. Crescent observed by Reza Janghorbani at 19:21 by naked eye. Other group members observed crescent by naked eye.
Observers:
1.Ehsan Ali Alinezhad  2.Abdolreza Gholami 3. Mahdi Ghasemi 4.Mohammad Javad Nikeghbal 5.Sadra Nikeghbal 6.Shahryar Gholami 7.Reza Janghorbani 8. Ali Janghorbani    9. Hossein Janghorbani 10.Nazanin Piroozmandan 11.Reyhaneh Dadvand 12.Fatemeh Tavakoli 13.Fatemeh Haddad 14.Naeemehsadat Saniee 15.Mohadeseh Alinezhad 16.Misagh Alinezhad 17.Zahra Fallahi 
"



Morocco


1 . Time of observation: After sunset.Seen:ICOP member Mr. Walid Fedi from تاوريرت City in تاوريرت 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 not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging



2 . 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



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 clear, the atmospheric condition was superb, 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. Abdurrazak Ebrahim said: "The first day of Rajab 1438 H will correspond with Thursday, 30 March 2017"



Sri Lanka


1 . Time of observation: After sunset.Seen by others:ICOP member Mr. Abdul Rahman Razeen from Colombo-04 City in Western province State mentioned that the sky was totally cloudy, the atmospheric condition was very 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
Mr. Abdul Rahman Razeen said: "Aalaikum.
Today 29-03-2017CE=29-06-1438AH is the sighting day for the month of Rajab 1438AH in Srilanka.
 I was in Colombo Grand Mosque.It was raining in Colombo.
 The parameters are Sun set:6:21pm. Moon set:7:39pm.
Lag=78minutes
The prediction of the astronomers=Crescent can be sighted easily.
Hilaal sighting groups was arranged right round the country. Positive sighting reports was recieved to CGM Hilaal Committee from Jaffna,Kinniya,Kattankudy,Kalmunai,Batticoloa,and Pottuvil.
 Hence it was decided by the CGMH Committee which was presided by Moulana Riyadh (Baari) along with ACJU and MRCA  to complete the proceeding month as 29 days and start the month of Rajab on 30-3-2017CE."




The OFFICIAL First Day in Different Countries



29 March 2017


1 . Algeria
2 . Bahrain
3 . Egypt
4 . Indonesia
5 . Jordan
6 . Kuwait
7 . Qatar
8 . United Arab Emirates


30 March 2017


1 . Australia
2 . Iran
3 . Morocco
4 . Oman
5 . Saudi Arabia


When to Observe Jumadal Al-Aakherah Waning (OLD) Crescent ?


The geocentric conjunction (Geocentric New Moon) will occur Inshalla on (Tuesday 28 March 2017) at 02:57 UT.

Sighting the OLD crescent on (Tuesday 28 March 2017) and (Monday 27 March 2017) is shown in the below graphs using the program Accurate Times by Mohammad Odeh according to Odeh criterion. Where:-

Tuesday 28 March 2017

Monday 27 March 2017




Jumadal Al-Aakherah Waning (OLD) Crescent Observation Results




27 March 2017



Germany


1 . Time of observation: After sunriseSeen:ICOP member Eng. Martin Elsaesser from Munich City in Bavaria 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 sought by telescope, the crescent was seen by CCD Imaging
Eng. Martin Elsaesser said: "The wide crescent at 10.7° elongation could be easily imaged under very good skies with the imaging system. I did not try visual observation due to to time constraints."



Indonesia


1 . Time of observation: Before sunrise. Not Seen:ICOP member Mr. AR Sugeng Riyadi from Surakarta City in Central Java 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 sought by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging
Mr. AR Sugeng Riyadi said: "The old crescent of Jumadal Akhirah 1438 AH was not seen on Monday 27 March 2017 from my location at Rowasiya Observatory, Bendo Ketitang Juwiring Klaten Indonesia. The sky was totally cloudy."



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