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Visibility of Sha'ban Crescent 1439 AH

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When to Observe Sha'ban Waxing (NEW) Crescent ?


The geocentric conjunction (Geocentric New Moon) will occur Inshalla on (Monday 16 April 2018) at 01:57 UT.

Sighting the new crescent on (Monday 16 April 2018) and (Tuesday 17 April 2018) is shown in the below graphs using the program Accurate Times by Mohammad Odeh according to Odeh criterion. Where:-

Monday 16 April 2018


Tuesday 17 April 2018

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 Tuesday 17 April 2018 and in the Western Region will be on Tuesday 17 April 2018. 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.





Sha'ban Waxing (NEW) Crescent Observation Results




16 April 2018



Australia


1 . Time of observation: After sunset. Not Seen:ICOP member Mr. Taymour Nabulsi from Melbourne City in Victoria State mentioned that the sky was totally 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 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 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 seen by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging
Mr. AR Sugeng Riyadi said: "The Hilal of Shaban 1439 AH was NOT SIGHTED on Monday, April 16th, 2018 from Sukuh Hill Karanganyar Central Java Indonesia. The west horizon was hazy and the hilal position covered by thick clouds.

This event was attended by Team of Assalaam Observatory, Ministry Religious Affairs Leader of Karanganyar District, Team of Gara -Syariah Ministry of Religious Affairs of Karanganyar, LFNU of Madiun and more than 100 moslem, and Team of CASA, Solo Astro Club and Rowasiya Obs.

According to the The Ministry of Religious Affairs Calendar, the first of Shaban 1439 A.H in Indonesia starts on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018."



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 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: "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 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: "In the name of God
Happy new Years (Jalali Hosseini 14397 - In accordance with Serolaajaeb calendar, The Astronomy and Geophysics Center of Shahreza- Hossein Janghorbani)
Sha'ban 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, 04/16/2018
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: Two sets of 15*70 binoculars, One compass.
Atmospheric condition: partly 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.Mohammad Reza Kazemi 2.EhsanAli Alinezhad 3.Mohammad Reza Hadad 4.Mohammad Hossein Heydari 5.Mohammad Sam Eghbal 6.Ali Janghorbani 7.Hossein Janghorbani 8.Mahnaz Arami 9.Mohadeseh Alinezhad 10.Misagh Alinezhad 11.Ezat Nazariat 12.Parisa Ghadimi 13.Shahideh Torabi 14.Hakimeh Ghermezi 15.Roya Ghermezi 16.Zinat Ghermezi 17.Ziba Hafar 18.Maryam Shahcheraghi 19.Shideh Pooya 20.Maryam Same 21.Mahtab Bahrami 22.Shahnaz Soroori 23.Zahra Fallahi
"



Morocco


1 . Time of observation: After sunset. Not Seen:ICOP member Mr. Walid Fedi from تاوريرت City in تاوريرت 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



2 . 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 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: "راقبت مندوبية الأوقاف والشؤون الإسلامية بالناضور هلال شعبان بمشاركة جمعية المبادرة المغربية للعلوم والفكر ولم تثبت رؤيته.
في انتظار قرار وزارة الأوقاف والشؤون الاسلامية"



Nigeria


1 . Time of observation: After sunset. Not Seen:ICOP member Dr. Usman El-Nafaty from Bauchi City in Bauchi 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. Usman El-Nafaty said: "The sky was partly cloudy here in Bauchi. The crescent of Sha’baan 1439H was not sighted"



Saudi Arabia


1 . Time of observation: After sunset. Not Seen:ICOP member Mr. Turki Alamri from Sewerqia City in Madina State mentioned that the sky was clear, the atmospheric condition was clear, 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. Turki Alamri said: "I had a clear sky with Aod 0.15 for 500  
But I couldn’t see it with binoculars neither by naked eye .
I didn’t use my telescope and my imaging system due to telescope issues."



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 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
Dr. Javad Torabinejad said: "I arrived at my first sighting location in Blacksburg at 8:04 pm EDT (sunset: 7:58 pm).  Soon, using a pair of binoculars (7X50), I started scanning clearings in a mostly cloudy and hazy western horizon; I stayed there for about 14 minutes.  I left for my second sighting location in Christiansburg (Lat: 37° 7' 48" N, Lng: 80° 24' 32" W, and elevation: 638 meters), hoping that the crescent would appear in the clearings there.  Again, I looked for another 14 minutes till 8:41 pm with no success (moonset: 8:45 pm)."



17 April 2018



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 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



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 partly cloudy, the atmospheric condition was hazy, the crescent was seen by naked eye, the crescent was seen by binocular, the crescent was seen by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging
Mr. AR Sugeng Riyadi said: "The new crescent of Sha'ban 1439 AH was not seen on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 from Rowasiya Observatory, Bendo Ketitang Juwiring Klaten Central Java Indonesia. The sky was cloudy.

The hilal was sighted from Al-Buruj Observatory, Kudus by mr. Joko Prasetyo, from Subang West Java and from Lhokseumawe Aceh North Sumatera by mr. Isma'il.
"



Morocco


1 . Time of observation: After sunset.Seen:ICOP member Dr. Hassan Talibi from بنسليمان City in بنسليمان 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 Mr. Walid Fedi from تاوريرت City in تاوريرت 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



Nigeria


1 . Time of observation: After sunset.Seen:ICOP member Dr. Usman El-Nafaty from Bauchi City in Bauchi 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. Usman El-Nafaty said: "The weather was partly cloudy but the crescent of Sha’abaan 1439H could be seen behind the clouds.  Alhamdu Lillah."




The OFFICIAL First Day in Different Countries



17 April 2018


1 . Algeria
2 . Bahrain
3 . Egypt
4 . Indonesia
5 . Iraq
6 . Jordan
7 . Kuwait
8 . Libya
9 . Oman
10 . Palestine
11 . Qatar
12 . Saudi Arabia
13 . Sudan
14 . Syria
15 . Tunisia
16 . Turkey
17 . United Arab Emirates
18 . Yemen


18 April 2018


1 . Australia
2 . Iran
3 . Morocco
4 . Nigeria
5 . Pakistan


When to Observe Rajab Waning (OLD) Crescent ?


The geocentric conjunction (Geocentric New Moon) will occur Inshalla on (Monday 16 April 2018) at 01:57 UT.

Sighting the OLD crescent on (Monday 16 April 2018) and (Sunday 15 April 2018) is shown in the below graphs using the program Accurate Times by Mohammad Odeh according to Odeh criterion. Where:-

Monday 16 April 2018


Sunday 15 April 2018




Rajab Waning (OLD) Crescent Observation Results




14 April 2018



Indonesia


1 . Time of observation: Before sunrise.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 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 Rajab 1439 AH was seen on Saturday, 14 April 2018 from Rowasiya Observatory, Bendo Ketitang Juwiring Klaten Central Java Indonesia. The sky was clear."



15 April 2018



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 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



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