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


The geocentric conjunction (Geocentric New Moon) will occur Inshalla on (Monday 18 December 2017) at 06:30 UT.

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

Monday 18 December 2017


Tuesday 19 December 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 20 December 2017 and in the Western Region will be on Tuesday 19 December 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-Aakher Waxing (NEW) Crescent Observation Results




18 December 2017



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 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 Akhir 1439 AH was not sighted on Monday, 18 December 2017 from Rowasiya Observatory at Bendo Ketitang Juwiring Klaten Central Java Indonesia. The sky was totally cloudy."



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 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-Aakher 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: Monday, 12/18/2017
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: 16:52
Results: Moon crescent was not seen by naked eye, Moon crescent was not seen by binocular.
At the end of this scientific program, the seventh Yalda Night Festival on the occasion of the advent of the sun to the point of the Winter Revolution and The longest night of the year was celebrated and the astronomical calendar of 1397 was unveiled by Mr  Hossein  Janghorbani.
Observers:
1.Mohammad Javad Nikeghbal 2.Mohammad Sadra Nikeghbal 3. Saer Aliabedi 4.Ali Janghorbani 5. Hossein Janghorbani 6.Narjes Zare 7.Mohadeseh Alinezhad 8.Ezat Nazariat 9. .Parisa Ghadimi 10.Shahideh Torabi 11.Toktam Aliabedi 12.Masoomeh Hafar 13.Ziba Hafar 14.Fatemeh Tavakoli 15.Zahra Fallahi
"



2 . Time of observation: After sunset. Not Seen:ICOP member Mr. Hossein Janghorbani from Tabriz City in East Azerbaijan 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 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."



Morocco


1 . Time of observation: After sunset. Not Seen:ICOP member Mr. Abdessamad Doukkane from الناظور City in الشرق 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
Mr. Abdessamad Doukkane said: "راقبت جمعية المبادرة المغربية للعلوم والفكر هلال ربيع الثاني مساء يوم الاثنين 18 دجنبر مع مندوبية الاوقاف والشؤون الاسلامية بالناظور.
وتمت المراقبة بصومعة المسجد الكبير بحي المطار, ولم تثبت رؤية الهلال, كما أشارت جمعية المبادرة المغربية للعلوم والفكر في بيانها, وكان إرتفاعها 49 متر عن البحر"



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 sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging



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 clear, the crescent was not sought 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. Javad Torabinejad said: "I arrived at my sighting location at 5:28 pm EST (sunset: 5:07 pm).  While based on the visibility curves not expecting to sight the crescent, using a pair of binoculars (7X50), I started scanning a mostly clear west southwestern horizon.  I did not see the moon.  I ended the session at 5:47 pm (moonset: 5:45 pm)."



19 December 2017



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. 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 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 sought by CCD Imaging
Mr. AR Sugeng Riyadi said: "The new crescent of Rabiul Akhir 1439 AH was not sighted on Tuesday, 19 December 2017 from Rowasiya Observatory at Bendo Ketitang Juwiring Klaten Central Java Indonesia. The sky was totally cloudy."



Iran


1 . Time of observation: After sunset.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 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
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: Tuesday, 12/19/2017
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 7*50 binoculars, One compass.
Atmospheric condition: hazy.
Horizon obstacles: 2°
Apparent sunset: 16:52
Results: Moon crescent was seen by naked eye by Hossein Janghorbani at 17:05, for the first time. Other group members observed crescent by binoculars and  by naked eye subsequently.
Observers:
1. Dr AliAkbar Taki 2. Mohammad Reza Kazemi 3. Mohammad Javad Nikeghbal 4. Mohammad Sadra Nikeghbal 5.Ali Janghorbani 6. Hossein Janghorbani 7.Narjes Zare 8.Ezat Nazariat 9. .Parisa Ghadimi 10.Ziba Hafar 11.Zinat Ghermezi 12.Zahra Fallahi
"



2 . Time of observation: After sunset. Not Seen:ICOP member Mr. Hossein Janghorbani from Tabriz City in East Azerbaijan 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 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."



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



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 seen by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging
Eng. Qamar Uddin said: "I was able to locate the correct position of the moon in the sky using binoculars (10x50) and I saw it about 4.30 pm and then by naked eye about 10 mins later (4.40 pm) - see photos. "



United States


1 . Time of observation: After sunset.Seen:ICOP member Dr. Javad Torabinejad from Christiansburg City in Virginia 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
Dr. Javad Torabinejad said: "I arrived at my sighting location at 4:59 pm EST (sunset: 5:08 pm).  The western horizon was partly cloudy.  Using a pair of binoculars (7X50), I started scanning the horizon.  The first binocular sighting was at 5:02 pm (before sunset) followed by the first naked eye sighting at 5:08 pm.  The horns were at 2:30 and 7:00 O'clock (2:30;4:00;7:00).  I left the site at 5:44 pm (moonset: 6:33 pm)."




The OFFICIAL First Day in Different Countries



20 December 2017


1 . Indonesia
2 . Iran
3 . Morocco
4 . South Africa
5 . United Kingdom


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


The geocentric conjunction (Geocentric New Moon) will occur Inshalla on (Monday 18 December 2017) at 06:30 UT.

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

Monday 18 December 2017


Sunday 17 December 2017




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




17 December 2017



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 1439 AH was not sighted on Sunday, 17 December 2017 from Rowasiya Observatory at Bendo Ketitang Juwiting Klaten Central Java Indonesia. The sky was totally cloudy."



18 December 2017



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 seen by binocular, the crescent was not seen by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging
Mr. AR Sugeng Riyadi said: "The old crescent of Rabiul Awal 1439 AH was not sighted on Monday, 18 December 2017 from Rowasiya Observatory at Bendo Ketitang Juwiting Klaten Central Java Indonesia. The sky was totally cloudy."



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 partly cloudy, the atmospheric condition was 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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