Moonsighting for Rabi-at-Thani 1435

The Astronomical New Moon is on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 21:38 UT. Moon can not be seen on January 30, anywhere. On Friday, January 31, moon can be seen in parts of Europe, parts of Africa, parts of South America, and whole North America. On Saturday, February 1, the rest of the world can see the moon (See visibility curves).


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Sighting Reports

The earliest reported naked eye sighting was on Friday, January 31, 2014 from Casablanca, Morocco. and earliest binocluar sighting was from Kuwait on the same day.


Friday, 31 January 2014:

  • Australia:

    1. Not Seen: Zahid Hafeez (MCW member) from Darwin Harbour reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Friday, Jan 31. 2014.
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Darwin Harbour.
      SKY CONDITIONS: Totally overcast with heavy monsoonal rain.
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: After sunset (7.19pm)
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Myself only
      REMARKS: Darwin is currently experiencing very heavy wet season rains with no clear skies for many days now.

  • Barbados:

    1. Seen with naked eye: Mohammed Patel (MCW member) from Bridgetown reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Friday, January 31, 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Bridgetown, Barbados
      SKY CONDITIONS: partly Cloudy
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 6:00 p.m
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: 15-20 persons.
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Saturday, 1st Feb. 2014.
      REMARKS: Seen by members of Madinah (City) Masjid which is just 3 minutes drive from my Masjid.

  • India:

    1. Not Seen: Molvi Iqbalhusen Bokda (MCW member) from Godhra, Gujrat reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Friday, 31 January 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Godhra, Gujrat
      SKY CONDITIONS: Reports are from various locations
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Many in different parts of the country
      REMARKS: It was 29th Rabi al-Awwal {31st January, 2014} today. I got negative sighting reports from other different parts of India. No positive sighting report received.

  • Indonesia:

    1. Not Seen: AR Sugeng Riyadi (MCW member) from Assalaam Observatory, Surakarta Central Java reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Friday, January 31st, 2014.
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Bendo Ketitang Juwiring Klaten Central Java (loc: -07.67375,110.75178)
      SKY CONDITIONS: Rainy
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 6:04-6:21 p.m
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Only me
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Saturday, February 1st, 2014 (Indonesia Criterion)

  • Kuwait:

    1. Seen with telesope and binoculars: Hussain Khushaish (MCW member) from Kuwait reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING : Friday 31 Jan 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING : Abdaly Farms , North Kuwait, Lat 29 :56:34.52 Long 47:41:17.16, Elev 54 m
      SKY CONDITION : Clear with haze of up to 6 degrees above western Horizon
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT : From 17:00 till 18:15
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED : 6 Persons
      ORIENTATION OF HORNS : 4 and 8 O'Clock
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Saturday 1 Feb 2014
      REMARKS: In Kuwait on Friday 31 January 2014 I could see the crescent of Rabee II 1435 with 8 " Telescope and even with the 8X50 ViewFinder of the telescope. The Events went as follows:
      Sunset 17:25, First seen with telescope 17:26, First seen with viewfinder 17:45, last seen with viewfinder (approximately guessing):18:00, last seen with telescope: 18:05, moonset 18:15. This sighting is considered a record for our group regarding the Topocentreic age of 16H:53M(Geocentrric 16H:48 minutes) and it was an easy sighting even with the 8X50 and I assume that if there was no haze of oil wells smoke I could have seen the crescent even with naked eyes.

  • Malaysia:

    1. Not Seen: Firdaus Mazlan (MCW member) from Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Friday, 31 January 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Baitul Hilal, Teluk Kemang, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia (02:26:43.0 N , 101:51:16.0 E)
      SKY CONDITIONS: Clear and some part cloudy
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 6.45 pm until 8.00 pm
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: I and Mr. Mohammad Haniff bin Md Yusoff, and around 20 government officer.
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Saturday, 1 February 2014 (Our goverment announced this even though hilal was not seen).
      REMARKS: Not seen either with telescope or with naked eye.
      Other places also give negative sighthing report.
      1. Pontian Kechil Beach, Pontian, Johor (01° 29' N , 103° 23' E), by Mr. Nur Faizal bin Kasri, Ms. Nuraina Fatimah bt Azman, and others. Sky clear and some part cloudy.
      2. Balai Cerap (Observatory House) at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (Skudai), Johor (01°28' N , 103°46' E), by Mr. Nik Mohd Ridzuan bin Nik Shaharuddin and Mr. Nik Mohd Firdaus bin Nik Zainal Abidin, sky clear and some part cloudy.
      3. Pantai Manis, Papar, Sabah (05° 45' N , 116° 0' E), by Mr. Muhammad Zainal Abiden bin Mohamad Hani, at 6.27 pm, sky clear but still can’t see the Hilal.

  • Pakistan:

    1. Not Seen: Rizwan Shah (MCW member) from Gujrat reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 31 January 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Gujrat Pakistan
      SKY CONDITIONS: Clear
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 5:40 to 6:30
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Only 1
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Sunday 2 February
      REMARKS: I tried to sight but failed. Age of the moon is not capabale to sight the moon.

  • Sri Lanka:

    1. Not Seen: Nular Bary (MCW member) from Colombo reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Friday, 31 January 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Colombo
      SKY CONDITIONS: partly Cloudy
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 6:30pm to 6:50pm
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: The Colombo Grand Mosque Hilaal Committee unanimously declared to complete the month of Rabi-al-Awwal with 30 days and start the month of Rabi-al-Thani 1435H, on the 2nd February 2014.
      REMARKS: Today 29th.Rabi-al Awwal 1435H (31/01/2014) evening I couldn't trace a thing even with my binocular. The Moon's age was 15h.10m. & sets at 6:49pm.

  • Morocco:

    1. Seen: Ehsan H. Hajar (MCW member) from Casablanca reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Friday, 31 January 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Casablanca
      SKY CONDITIONS: Clear
      ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS: 4 to 9 O'Clock
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Feb 1, 2014
      REMARKS: I hope that Habous net will announce sighting and Rabi-al-Thani will be tomorrow Saturday, Feb 1, 2014.

  • South Africa:

    1. Not Seen: Rashid Motala (MCW member) from Durban reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Friday, 31 January 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: All Major Centres, South Africa
      SKY CONDITIONS: Cloudy
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Past 7pm
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Many
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Sunday, 2 February 2014 = 1 Rabi-us-Thaani 1435

  • UK:

    1. Not Seen: Modoris Ali (MCW member) from Birmingham reported::
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Friday 31 January 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Cradley Heath,(Birmingham),UK
      SKY CONDITIONS: Rainy
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 4:30PM to 4:50PM
      NO OF PEOPLE,TRIED OR SEEN MOON: Only me
      FIRST DAY OF MONTH: Saturday, February 1, 2014
      REMARKS: Will rely on international moon sighting from Morocco and other countries to start the month due to cloudy and rainy weather.

  • USA:

    1. Seen: Dr. Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) from Blacksburg VA reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 01/31/2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Blacksburg Middle School, Blacksburg, Virginia
      SKY CONDITIONS: Partly cloudy and hazy
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 5:50 pm EST
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: One
      ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS: 4:30;6:00;7:30 REMARKS: my first binocular sighting was at 6:23 pm when the crescent for a short time appeared in an opening. The very thin crescent again
      disappeared behind the clouds. Later at 6:47 pm, the crescent reappeared in another opening where I could see it with the naked eye. At this time it was about 1.5 degrees above the horizon.
      Here is a photo taken on January 31, and provided by J. Lockyer of Wildomar, CA

    2. Seen (Naked Eye): Mohamedraza H.Janmohamed (MCW member) from Sanford FL reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Friday, January 31, 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: MIAMI, FL, USA
      SKY CONDITIONS: PARTLY CLOUDY
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: AROUND 6.30 PM
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Saturday, February 1, 2014

    3. Seen: Ms. Ruth Jeffery (MCW member) from Bridge City TX reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Friday, 31 January 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Converse, Louisiana
      SKY CONDITIONS: Partly cloudy
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Feb 1, 2014
      REMARKS: Sighted and photographed by one adult.

    4. Seen: Tasmin Ahmad (MCW member) from Murrieta, CA reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Friday 31 January, 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Murrieta, California, USA
      SKY CONDITIONS: patch of clouds
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 6:00 PM
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: One
      ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS: 4 - 8 O'Clock
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Saturday, February 1, 2014
      REMARKS: The crescent moon was clearly visible from the car as I was driving at about 40 minutes after sunset.

  • Zimbabwe:

    1. Not Seen: Ayub Mahomed (MCW member) from Harare reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Friday 31st January 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Harare, Zimbabwe
      SKY CONDITIONS: Cloudy in many parts of the country
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Sunday 2nd Febuary 2014

Saturday, 1 February 2014:

  • Australia:

    1. Seen: Mir Altaf Hussain (MCW member) Sydney, NSW reported:
      SEEN OR NOT SEEN: Seen (First located with binoculars; then sighted by naked eye: extremely thin)
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Saturday, 1 February 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Sydney, Australia
      SKY CONDITIONS: Clear skies
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Visible from 8:10 pm to 8:30 pm
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: My adult son, my wife and I: Total 3 people
      ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS: From 6 O'clock to 11 O'clock
      REMARKS: The lag time was 40 Minutes, and age of the moon was 35 Hrs at the best viewing time 08:18 PM.

    2. Seen: Abul Qasim Rizvi (MCW member), Imam Panjtan Society, Melbourne VIC reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Saturday, 1 February 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Melbourne Victoria
      SKY CONDITIONS: Clear
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Fom 8:40 pm to 8:48 pm
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: 5 people
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Sunday 2nd February

    3. Seen: Dr. Shabbir Ahmed (MCW member) Imam of Rooty Hill Mosque Sydney, NSW reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Saturday, 1st February 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Seen in Brisbane, Sydney and Victoria.
      SKY CONDITIONS: Clear in many locations.
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 8.30pm Sydney time.
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Number of people sighted.
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Sunday 2nd February 2014.

  • India:

    1. Seen: Nida-e-Haram (Siddik Nadvi, MCW member) from Ahmedabad, Gujrat reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Saturday, 1 February 2014 (30 Rabi ul awal 1435 Hijri)
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: JAMIA KANZUL ULOOM, Ahmedabad, Gujrat
      SKY CONDITIONS: Clear
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: We saw at 6.25 pm.
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Easy visibility
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Sunday, 2 February 2014 = 1 Rabi ul Sani1435 Hijri

  • Indonesia:

    1. Seen: Ahmad I. Adjie (MCW member) from Bandung reported:
      DATE OF EFFORT: 01.Feb. 2014
      LOCATION: Graha Cinere, Depok, South Jakarta
      SKY CONDITIONS: Very slight haze from Jakarta pollution, oterwise almost perfect with thin patches of clouds but not in the direction of the Hilal
      TIME OF EFFORT: UTC+7 18:20 to 18:23
      SIGHTERS: Expert sighter: myself, apprentice sighters: Abdul Hadi Achmad, Ramzi
      ORIENTATION: 5 to 10 o'cLOCK, to the right of sunset, Hilal almost exactly West
      FIRST DAY OF MONTH: 02.Feb. 2014
      REMARKS: Hilal was easily sighted BEFORE WE PRAYED MAGHRIB, we did not need to sight it again after maghrib as it was so clear to all sighters.

    2. Seen: Ishaq Zunaedi (MCW member) from Tangerang Selatan, Banten reported:
      DATE OF EFFORT: 01 February 2014
      LOCATION: Pamulang, Tangerang Selatan, Banten, Indonesia
      SKY CONDITIONS: Clear with little clouds.
      TIME OF EFFORT: UTC+7 18:28
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Myself
      ORIENTATION: 5 to 10 o'clock (image attached)
      REMARKS:

  • Tanzania:

    1. Seen: Hamza Rijal (MCW member) from Tiny Island of Zanzibar reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Saturday, 1st February 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Adjacent to Amani Football Stadium in Unguja.
      SKY CONDITIONS: It was clear
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 18:45 EAT (15:45 GMT)
      NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: We are 2 , this time I have been with my wife
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Sunday, February 2, 2014
      REMARKS: The crescent moon was clearly observed. We have completed 30 days for the month of Rabil-Awal

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