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


The geocentric conjunction (Geocentric New Moon) will occur Inshalla on (Thursday 29 December 2016) at 06:53 UT.

Sighting the new crescent on (Thursday 29 December 2016) and (Friday 30 December 2016) is shown in the below graphs using the program Accurate Times by Mohammad Odeh according to Odeh criterion. Where:-

Thursday 29 December 2016

Friday 30 December 2016

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 Saturday 31 December 2016 and in the Western Region will be on Friday 30 December 2016. 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-Aakher Waxing (NEW) Crescent Observation Results




29 December 2016



Algeria


1 . Time of observation: After sunset. Not 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 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



Morocco


1 . Time of observation: After sunset. Not Seen:ICOP member Mr. Walid Fedi from oujda City in oujda-angad 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 not sought by CCD Imaging



Nigeria


1 . Time of observation: After sunset. Not Seen:ICOP member Mr. Qamarudeen Muhammad from Ilorin City in Kwara State mentioned that the sky was clear, 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. Qamarudeen Muhammad said: "Very hazy and report from over several other location indicated similar weather. Report are received from 
1.	Ilorin Kwara State, Hazy horizon
2.	Gombe, Kumo, Gombe State Hazy Horizon
3.	Azare, Bauchi State
4.	Kaduna, Zaria, Kaduna State
5.	Bida, Niger State
6.	Kebbi, Kebbi tate
7.	Abeokuta, Ogun State
8.	Potiksunand Damaturu, Yobe State
"



Oman


1 . Time of observation: After sunset. Not Seen:ICOP member Prof. Mohammed Al-Bussaidi from مرصد الفليج City in مسقط 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 seen by telescope, the crescent was not seen by CCD Imaging
Prof. Mohammed Al-Bussaidi said: "الجو كان صحو ولكن لم نتمكن من رؤية الهلال بعد غروب الشمس"



South Africa


1 . Time of observation: After sunset. Not Seen:ICOP member Dr. Abdurrazak Ebrahim from Cape Town City in Western Cape 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 seen by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging
Dr. Abdurrazak Ebrahim said: "Month begins on Saturday, 31/12/16"



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 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
Eng. Qamar Uddin said: "It was totally cloudy in York after sunset today, but we hope to see it easily tomorrow 30/12/2016 (weather permitting) inshaAllah."



30 December 2016



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 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



Germany


1 . Time of observation: After sunset.Seen: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 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



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 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 hazy, the crescent was not seen by naked eye, the crescent was not seen by binocular, the crescent was not seen by telescope, the crescent was not seen by CCD Imaging
Mr. AR Sugeng Riyadi said: "
The new crescent of Rabiul Akhir 1438 AH was NOT SEEN on Friday, 30 Dec 2016 from my location Bendo Ketitang Juwiring Klaten Central Java Indonesia, the sky was rainy.

The new crescent was seen by Mr. Ahmad I. Adjie and team from Nort Bandung West Java Indonesia."



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 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. Hossein Janghorbani said: "In the name of God
Rabee' Al-Aakher  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: Friday, 12/30/2016
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: One sets of 15*70 binoculars, One sets of 7*50 binoculars, One compass.
Atmospheric condition: partly cloudy and Hazy in western horizon.
Horizon obstacles: 1/5°
Apparent sunset: 16:58
Results: Moon crescent was seen by 15*70 binoculars by Hossein Janghorbani at 17:10, for the first time. Other group members observed crescent by binoculars subsequently. Crescent observed by Hossein Janghorbani at 17:13 by naked eye. Other group members observed crescent by naked eye.
At the end of Mr. Hossein Janghorbani announced Based on Meteorological research The Astronomy And Geophysics Center of Shahreza per month January and February 2017 In the south Isfahan province especially cities of Shahreza , Dehaghan , Semirom Witness the descent Heavy rains and Snow and Blizzard Will be So that one of These systems Precipitation  For Three  days In these areas Will be active.
Observers:
1.Dr Ali Akbar Taki  2.Abdol Reza Gholami 3.Hossein Janghorbani 4.Masoomeh Hafar 5.Ziba Hafar 6.Zahra Fallahi
"



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
Dr. Hassan Talibi said: "لم تسعفني ألة التصوير ولا البطارية في تصويره بشكل جيد "



Nigeria


1 . Time of observation: After sunset. Not Seen:ICOP member Mr. Yunusa Yakubu from Bauchi City in Bauchi State mentioned that the sky was partly cloudy, the atmospheric condition was very 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. Yunusa Yakubu said: "There exist poor visibility in Bauchi as the atmospheric condition was Very Hazy, The Sun was hazy covered at 17:50, I could not sight the crescent at best time i.e. (18:44). Only Venus and Mars were easily visible."



Saudi Arabia


1 . Time of observation: After sunset.Seen:ICOP member Mr. Turki Alamri from Sewerqia City in Almadina 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
Mr. Turki Alamri said: "I had to wait a bout 20 minutes after sunset  to see the new crescent by naked eye due to bad sky condition"



2 . Time of observation: Before sunset.Seen:ICOP member Mr. Turki Alamri from Sewerqia City in Almadina State mentioned that the sky was clear, the atmospheric condition was hazy, 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: "I setup my equipment  early morning trying to catch the new crescent just after moon rise in eastern side ,  sky condition id not so good with AOD value 0.18 for 619nm .
first image was 8;20 am LT .
i used 742 nm infrared filter.
T.E 11
"



3 . Time of observation: After sunset.Seen:ICOP member Dr. Ayyub Patel from Darb near ABHA City in Aseer Jizan 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. Ayyub Patel said: "Crescent moon waxing for Rabi Akhar was easily seen by naked eye."



Sri Lanka


1 . Time of observation: After sunset. Not Seen: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 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. Abdul Rahman Razeen said: "Aalaikum.
Today 30-12-2016AD=29-03-1438AH is the sighting day for the month of Rabeeunissanee 1438AH..
 I was in Colombo and Went to Nimal road mosque Bambalapitiya  20 minutes before the Sunset.The horizon was cloudy.
The parameters are(at Colombol) Sun set:6.05pm. Moon set:7:04pm.
Lag=59minutes
The prediction of the astronomers=Crescent can be sighted easily.
I was associated by bro.Irfan Razik and students of higher grade from an arabic madrasah.
We couldn't sight it due to cloudy and the CGM Hilal Committee has received negative sighting reports right round the country.
Hence it was decided by the CGMH Committee which was precided by Moulana Riyad (Baari) along with ACJU and MRCA  to complete the proceeding month as 30 days and start the month of Rabeeunissanee on 1st of January 2017."



United Kingdom


1 . Time of observation: After sunset.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 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: "On Friday 30th December 2016, the Hilal of Rabi-ul Thani 1438 AH was seen with difficulty (due to heavy clouds) from York Astronomical Society, York (UK) after sunset by myself and Br Aqaele Peeroo. 

The Hilal was over 33 hours old, but it was not seen yesterday when it was 9 hours old. According to Hadith, this is the first day's Hilal even though it may look big, because it was hidden the day before! See a short video report (2 mins) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUrBLJGlsY0"



United States


1 . Time of observation: After sunset.Seen:ICOP member Dr. Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg City in Virginia 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
Dr. Javad Torabinejad said: "I arrived at my sighting location (the Blacksburg Middle School) at 5:26 pm EST (sunset: 5:13 pm).  The western horizon was partly cloudy with a large piece of cloud over the area where the moon supposed to be located.  I waited till 5:48 pm for the moon to show up in a small clearing.  It was thin but easy to spot.  The horns were at 3:00 and 7:30 O'clock (3:00;5:00;7:30).  I stayed there till 6:30 pm when the moon was still about 2 degrees above the horizon (moonset: 6:48 pm). "




The OFFICIAL First Day in Different Countries



03 December 2016


1 . Morocco


30 December 2016


1 . Saudi Arabia


31 December 2016


1 . Algeria
2 . Indonesia
3 . Iran
4 . Morocco
5 . Nigeria


When to Observe Rabee' Al-Awwal Waning (OLD) Crescent ?


The geocentric conjunction (Geocentric New Moon) will occur Inshalla on (Thursday 29 December 2016) at 06:53 UT.

Sighting the OLD crescent on (Thursday 29 December 2016) and (Wedensday 28 December 2016) is shown in the below graphs using the program Accurate Times by Mohammad Odeh according to Odeh criterion. Where:-

Thursday 29 December 2016

Wedensday 28 December 2016




Rabee' Al-Awwal Waning (OLD) Crescent Observation Results




28 December 2016



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 Rabiul Awal 1438 AH was NOT SEEN on Wednesday 28 Dec 2016 from my location Bendo Ketitang Juwiring Klaten Central Java Indonesia, the sky was rainy."



Nigeria


1 . Time of observation: Before sunrise. Not Seen:ICOP member Mr. Yunusa Yakubu from Bauchi City in Bauchi State mentioned that the sky was partly 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



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: "Sky was very clear on this day 28th dec 2016 morning 6am. The weather was cold 7-10deg C. The waning crescent was easily seen by naked eye for around 30 min. Then it was visible by Celestron Skymaster 15x70 binoculars for about 5 mins. Amazing hairline crescent could be seen by using binoculars."



2 . Time of observation: Before sunrise.Seen:ICOP member Mr. Turki Alamri from Sewerqia City in Almadina 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
Mr. Turki Alamri said: "The old crescent is easy for naked eye observation , the image was taken 6:40 am LT."



29 December 2016



Morocco


1 . Time of observation: Before sunrise. Not Seen:ICOP member Mr. Walid Fedi from وجدة City in وجدة-انجاد State mentioned that the sky was totally cloudy, the atmospheric condition was very hazy, 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



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