Moonsighting for Rajab 1435

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Old Moon Not Seen on April 28 even through a telescope: Jim Stamm (MCW member) from Tucson AZ reported:
Tried to observe: Monday; April 28, 2014 - 05:57 (Local)

Surface conditions at location:
Temperature = 12 °C
Humidity = 41 %
Pressure = 29.92 in.

Topocentric and local time values from “Accurate Times”:
Moonrise (at sea level) = 05:13
Sunrise (at sea level) = 05:35
Time from new moon at 05:57 = 17 hr. 55 min.
Moon lag time = 23 min.
Relative Altitude = 4.5 degrees
Elongation from sun = 8.7 degrees
Crescent width = 11 arc seconds
Illumination = 0.6 percent

Old Crescent Moon (End of Jumada-at-Thania 1435 AH), April 28, 2014 at 05:15 UTC+7 - Photo Provided by Ishaq Zunaedi (MCW member) Tangerang Selatan, Banten, Indonesia.

Old Crescent Moon (End of Jumada-at-Thania 1435 AH), April 28, 2014 at 05:15 UTC+7 - Photo Provided by Ishaq Zunaedi (MCW member) Tangerang Selatan, Banten, Indonesia.


The Astronomical New Moon is on Tuesday April 29, 2014 at 6:14 UT. There is small possibility of moonsighting on that day in Hawaii and in Polynesian Islands. On April 30, the moon can be seen easily in almost the whole world (See visibility curves).


Sighting Reports

The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on April 29, 2014 using binoculars only from McDonald Observatory Texas, USA.


Tuesday, 29 April 2014:

  • Spain:

    1. Not Seen: Yasin Puertas (MCW member) from Melilla reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Tuesday, 29 April 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Melilla/Spain
      SKY CONDITIONS: Perfect conditions. Clear skies and low humidity.
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: From 21:00 to 21:20
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: One, me.
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Today is 29 of Jumada Athani in our city, we will count 30 days inshallah. The oficial first day of Rajab will be first of May.
      REMARKS: Being that the Moon was only 13 hours old at the time of Maghrib, it was impossible to be seen with naked eyes.

  • USA:

    1. Seen: with binoculars only John Caldwell (MCW member) from McDonald Observatory TX reported:
      SEEN OR NOT SEEN: Seen binoculars yes, naked eye no
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Tuesday April 29 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: McDonald Obs TX (Coordinates -104 00 53, +20 40 53)
      SKY CONDITIONS: Clear
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Tried sunset to moonset (20:33-21:14), Visible 20:59-21:04
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: John A R Caldwell
      ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS: 3 -7 o'clock
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH:
      REMARKS: Difficult but definite in binoculars (20x80 on theodolite); tried visual several times and definitely not with eye alone. Slightly dusty appearance down at western horizon, but clear.

    2. Seen: Jim Stamm (MCW member) from Tucson AZ reported:
      Observed: Tuesday; April 29, 2014 - 19:15 (Local)
      Only slight haze kept the sky from being perfect.
      Crescent first observed through 8” SC telescope at 19:15: Moon Altitude = 5.0 degrees
      Crescent first observed through 9x50 finderat 19:21: Moon Altitude = 4.0 degrees
      Final observation with telescope at 19:30: Moon Altitude = 2.3 degrees, into trees
      Final observation with 9x50 finder at 19.30: Moon Altitude = 2.3 degrees, into trees
      The telescope was pre-pointed, but the crescent was not seen until after sunset. It exhibited about 20 degrees of arc length, and that grew steadily to about 50 degrees, with the thickness of the crescent varying somewhat.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014:

  • Australia:

    1. Seen: Dr. Shabbir Ahmed (MCW member) Imam of Rooty Hill Mosque Sydney, NSW reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Wednesday, 30th April 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Darwin, Sydney and other states.
      SKY CONDITIONS: Clear in many locations
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: In Sydney: 5:40
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Group of people in many states.
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Thursday, 1st May 2014

  • Barbados:

    1. Seen: Mohammed Patel (MCW member) from Bridgetown reported:
      SEEN OR NOT SEEN: Seen with naked eye ( by myself and members of jamaat)
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Wednesday, 30th April, 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Bridgetown, Barbados
      SKY CONDITIONS: partly hazy with high level clouds
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 6:16 p.m
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: 15 -20 persons.
      ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS: 4 O'clock to 8 O'clock
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Thursday, 1st May, 2014.
      REMARKS: Although hazy, was clearly visible. Height was approx.30- 35 degrees above sea level.

  • France:

    1. Not Seen (Cloudy): Formet Laurent [oum-zaynab oum-salman](MCW member) from Mulhouse reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Wednesday, 30 April 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Mulhouse, France
      SKY CONDITIONS: Cloudy
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: around 9h pm UTC+2
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Myself

  • India:

    1. Seen: Khalid Umer Maniar (MCW member) from Surat, Gujrat reported: Rajab hilal was sighted on 30th April evening so 1st Rajab will be on Thursday, 1st May 2014.

  • Indonesia:

    1. Not Seen (Cloudy): Ishaq Zunaedi (MCW member) from Tangerang Selatan, Banten reported:

      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Wednesday, 30 April 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Tangerang Selatan, Banten, Indonesia
      SKY CONDITIONS: Cloudy
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 17:45 to 18:28 UTC+7
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Myself

    2. Seen by others: Ahmad I. Adjie (MCW member) from Bandung reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING: 30 April 2014, which was 29 Jumadil Thani 1435 (this is naked eye dating, govt official date is 30 Jumadil Thani)
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Kudus, Central Java and Gresik, East Java
      SIGHTER: Many (from various places)
      FIRST DAY OF MONTH: 1 May 2014 (same as official govt date)
      REMARKS: As it was cloudy in the area we made effort, as usual we look to reports from the East of us, both Kudus and Gresik to the East of Bandung, West Java, gave positive sightings and of course Australia from Dr Shabbir et al, therefore, we follow those sightings. Positive sightings are reported from across Malaysia as well.

  • Mauritius:

    1. Seen: Nissar Ahmad Ramtoola (MCW member) from Port Louis reported: The new moon of Rajab 1435 has been sighted tonight Wednesday 30 April 2014 at Bain Des Dames Port Louis by members of Jummah Masjid Hilal Committee. First reported visibility was at 17hr58. Hence Thursday 1st May 2014 is the 1st Day of Rajab 1435.
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Wednesday, 30 April 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Bain Des Dames Port Louis, Mauritius
      SKY CONDITIONS: Clear
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 17:58 local time
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: multiple members of Jummah Masjid Hilal Committee.
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Thursday 1st May 2014
      REMARKS: Laila-t-ul-mairaj will be on Monday night 26 May 2014.

  • Malaysia:

    1. Seen: Mohamad Zafir Nadzri (MCW member) from Telok Kemang reported:
      Place : Sungai Lang Observatory: N 03d 49' : E 100d 48'
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Wednesday, 30 April 2014
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Crescent first observed naked eye at 19:52 LT (GMT +08:00). Crescent last observation through naked eye at 19:52 LT (GMT +08:00). Moon Alt: 7degree
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Government officials, Myself, Iswazi, Ali Kamil. ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS:
      4 O'clock to 8 O'clock

    2. Seen: Firdaus Mazlan (MCW member) from Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia reported:
      SEEN : Seen, using Telescope (7.50 pm) and using Naked Eye (8.01 pm)
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Wednesday, 30 April 2014 M
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Baitul Hilal, Teluk Kemang, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia (02:26:43.0 N , 101:51:16.0 E)
      SKY CONDITIONS: Cloudy
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 7.16 pm – 8.17 pm
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: I with my friends (Mr. Muhamad Izat Al-Tahiri b. Katimin, Mr. Muhammad Amirul Hazwan b. A. Aziz, Mr. Ahmad Sufian bin Haji Abdullah Ikhsan, and Mr. Mohamad Hafiz bin Mohd Jumaat), around 15 Indonesia student, around 30 Universiti Malaya Student, and around 10 government officer.
      ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS: From 5 O'clock to 7 O'clock
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Thursday, 1 st May 2014 (Same with Our Government).
      REMARKS: The Hilal also have been seen by other people ;
      1. Pantai Manis, Papar, Sabah (05° 45' N , 116° 0' E), at 6.47 pm, by Mr. Muhammad Zainal Abiden bin Mohamad Hani.
      2. UTM Skudai, Johor (01°28' N , 103°46' E), from 7.49-7.52 pm, by Mr. Muhammad Afiq Nuruddin bin Hamzah.
      3. Pontian Kechil Beach, Pontian, Johor (01° 29' N , 103° 23' E), from 7.42 pm – 7.53 pm, by Mr. Muhammad Hendra bin Jumari, Mr. Nur Faizal bin Kasri, Mr. Muhammad Nasir bin Othman, Mr. Mohd Azli bin Ali, Mr. Mohd Hazwan bin Hassim with his wife, and Ms. Fatin Liyana.

  • South Africa:

    1. Seen: Rashid Motala (MCW member) from Durban reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Wednesday, 30 April 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, many other places
      SKY CONDITIONS: Clear
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Approx. 20 mins after Maghrib
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Many, several sighting locations
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Thursday, 01 May 2014 = 1 Rajab 1435

  • Spain:

    1. Seen: Gabriel Jairodín Riaza (MCW member) from Madrid reported:
      SEEN OR NOT SEEN: Seen (naked eye)
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT:Wednesday, 30 April 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Madrid/Spain
      SKY CONDITIONS: Some clouds
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Around 9:35 pm
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Two
      ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS: Like from 3 O'clock to 7 O'clock
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Rajab: Thursday, 1 May 2014.
      REMARKS: Isra and Miraj commemoration is Tuesday, 27 May 2014.

  • Tanzania:

    1. Seen: Bakari Khatib Anzuruni (MCW member) from Dodoma reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Wednesday, 30 April 2014
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 18:48~19:06 hrs
      SKY CONDITIONS: Clear
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Seen by many
      1ST day of Rajab: Thursday 1st May 2014.
      It was seen in almost every corner of the city, Dodoma.

    2. Not Seen (Hazy): Hamza Rijal (MCW member) from Tiny Island of Zanzibar reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Wednesday, 30th April 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Zanzibar-Town, Tanzania
      SKY CONDITIONS: It was hazy
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 18:30-1855 EAT (15:50-15:55 GMT)
      NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: 2
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Thursday, May 1, 2014
      REMARKS: The condition was hazy, I failed to observed the Hilal, however Mufti Office in Zanzibar announced officially that 1st May 2014 is the day for Rajab.

  • USA:

    1. Seen: Mirza Shahid Basravi (MCW member) from Irvine CA reported:

      The attached picture was taken at 7:45 PM PDT.
      (Click on photo to see full size).

      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Wednesday, 30 April 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Irvine CA
      SKY CONDITIONS:
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 7:21 PM, approx 10 minutes before sunset
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED:
      ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS: 3 O'Clock and 8 O'Clock
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH:
      REMARKS: The sighting was done in front of my house, first with a 7 x 35 binocular at 7:12 PM PDT approx 20 minutes before sunset, then with bare eyes at 7:21 PM, approx 10 minutes before sunset.

    2. Seen: Milad Ali Ershaghi (MCW member) from Houston, TX reported:
      SEEN OR NOT SEEN: Seen (Naked eye)
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Wednesday, 30 April 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Houston/Texas/USA
      SKY CONDITIONS: Clear skies
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 8:20pm to 8:25pm
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Total three adult males including myself
      ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS: From 3 O'clock to 7 O'clock
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Thursday, 1 May 2014 (or Wednesday, 30 April 2014 after Maghrib)
      REMARKS: Alhamdulillah I saw by naked eye the new crescent moon of Rajab just outside of Al Noor Masjid (6443 Prestwood Dr, Houston, Texas, 77081, USA) at coordinates of approximately 29.717819 latitude and -95.493871 longitude on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 between 8:20pm and 8:25pm. After sighting the moon by eye, I took a few pictures with my phone to document the sighting. May Allah shower us with His blessings this month of Rajab. Ameen

    3. Seen: Khalil Homafar (MCW member) from Houston TX reported:
      SEEN OR NOT SEEN: Seen (Naked eye)
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Houston/Texas/USA
      SKY CONDITIONS: Clear skies with some cloud around the crescent
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 8:20 pm to 9:30 pm
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: 3 adult and myself
      ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS: From 3 O'clock to 8 O'clock
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 ( see remarks)
      REMARKS: Moon was high in sky and I was able to see the moon for more than one hour, some times for a few minutes it was behind a piece of cloud but it was obvious that this size crescent is being that long in sky should not be for the first night. I concluded that the original report from TEXAS on Tuesday April 29th was right and in USA, WEDNESDAY APRIL 30, 2014 WAS the 1ST DAY of month of RAJAB.

  • Zimbabwe:

    1. Seen: Ayub Mahomed (MCW member) from Harare reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Wednesday, 30 April 2014
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 17.55 hrs
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Seen by many
      1ST day of Rajab:Thursday 1st May 2014.
      Moon seen in other cities in Zimbabwe also.

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