Moonsighting for Sha'ban 1435

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Old Crescent Moon (End of Rajab 1435 AH), May 27, 2014 at 05:15 UTC+7
Provided by AR Sugeng Riyadi (MCW member) from Assalaam Observatory, Surakarta Central Java, Indonesia.


The Astronomical New Moon is on Wednesday May 28, 2014 at 18:40 UT. There is no possibility of moonsighting on that day. On May 29, the moon can be seen with difficulty in Africa and North America, but can easily be seen in South and Central Americas. On Friday, May 30, the moon can be easily seen in the whole world (See visibility curves).

Sighting Reports

The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on May 29, 2014 from Berbice/Guyana.


Wednesday, 28 May 2014:

    Moon can not be seen anywhere.

Thursday, 29 May 2014:

  • Australia:

    1. Not Seen: Dr. Shabbir Ahmed (MCW member) Imam of Rooty Hill Mosque Sydney, NSW reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Thursday, 29th May 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Darwin, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth – Australia.
      SKY CONDITIONS: Cloudy in many states.
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: In Sydney: 4:55- 5:28 pm
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Group of people in many states.
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Saturday, 31st May 2014
      REMARKS: The Night of Laylat-ul-Baraa’ah will fall on Friday, 13th June 2014.

    2. Not Seen: Engr Manzoor A Mian (MCW member) from Melbourne, VIC reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Thursday, 29th May 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Darwin, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth – Australia.
      SKY CONDITIONS: Cloudy in many states.
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Group of people in many states.
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Saturday, 31st May 2014

  • Barbados:

    1. Seen: Mohammed Patel (MCW member) from Bridgetown reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Thursday 29th May, 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Jama Masjid,Bridgetown, Barbados
      SKY CONDITIONS: cloudy on the western horizon
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 6:42 p.m. local time
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: 15 -20 persons.
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Friday, 30th May, 2014.
      REMARKS: Western horizon was quite cloudy and hazy, hence some brothers could not 100 % confirm sighting from our location. However, brothers from the neighboring islands of Trinidad and Grenada have confirmed sighting. Also Guyana in South America sighted.

  • Chile:

    1. Seen: Muhammad Sohail (MCW member) from Iquique reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Thursday, 29th May 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Iquique.Pozal Monte- Chile.
      SKY CONDITIONS: Cloudy but viweable.
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 18:25- 18:38
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Myself from Iquique and other brothers form city neray by Iquqiue.
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Friday, 30th May 2014

  • Guyana:

    1. Seen (Naked eye): Fazal Mahmood (MCW member) from Corriverton, Berbice reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Wednesday, 29 May 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Corriverton/Berbice/Guyana
      SKY CONDITIONS: Clear skies or Cloudy, or Rainy, or Thick clouds, or Patch of clouds
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: if applicable like Around 6:25 pm
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Myself, Sh. Afseer,his two sons 4 people
      ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS: From 1 O'clock to 7 O'clock
      REMARKS: The weather was clear, so more people will easily see it.

  • India:

    1. Not Seen: Yusuf Idara (MCW member) from New Delhi reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Thursday, 29 May 2014=29/05/2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: new delhi, India
      SKY CONDITIONS: clear
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Around 07:15 pm to 07:45 pm
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Myself

    2. Not Seen: Molvi Iqbalhusen Bokda (MCW member) from Godhra, Gujrat reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Thursday, 29th May 2014 (Local 29th Rajab)
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Godhra, Surat, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Ludhiana, Bhopal
      SKY CONDITIONS: Clear
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: In Godhra 7:10 to 7:45 pm
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Group of people in many states.
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Saturday, 31st May 2014 = First of Shaban, 1435
      REMARKS: The Laylat-ul-Bara’at will fall between Friday, 13th June and Saturday 14th June

    3. Not Seen: Abdurrahman R. Shaikh (MCW member) from Patan, Gujrat reported:
      SEEN OR NOT SEEN: Not seen (Naked eye)
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Thursday 29 May 2014 around 7:45pm IST
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING:Madrasa Kanze Marghoob, Patan-384265, Gujarat, India
      SKY CONDITIONS: Hazy
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: around 7:45 pm IST
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: myself and 10 other people

  • Indonesia:

    1. Not Seen (Naked eye & FL104mm camera lens): Ishaq Zunaedi (MCW member) from Tangerang Selatan, Banten reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Thursday, 29 May 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Tangerang Selatan/Banten/Indonesia
      SKY CONDITIONS: Thick & patch clouds
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Around 17:42 to 18:10 UTC+7
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Myself

    2. Not Seen: AR Sugeng Riyadi (MCW member) from Assalaam Observatory, Surakarta Central Java reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING: 29 May 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Assalaam Observatory, Surakarta Central Java
      SIGHTER: Many (I and my students of CASA)
      SKY CONDITION: Partly Cloudy
      FIRST DAY OF MONTH: 30 May 2014
      REMARKS: The west horizon was partly cloudy at point of moon position.

  • Kuwait:

    1. Not Seen: Hussain Khushaish (MCW member) from Kuwait reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Thursday 29 May 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Kabad Desert, Kuwait
      SKY CONDITIONS: Clear with little haze upto 4 Degrees above western horizon
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 6:00 pm
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: 6 Persons
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: 1st Sha'ban on Friday 30 May/Saturday 31 May 2014.
      REMARKS: In Kuwait on 29 May 2014 at Kabad Desert I could not see the crescent even with 8" telescope. The alignment of the telescope was confirmed by seeing Mars, Saturn, Mercury, and Jupiter but could not see the crescent. The western horizon was hazy upto 6 degrees above horizon.

  • Malaysia:

    1. Not Seen: Firdaus Mazlan (MCW member) from Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Thursday, 29 / 5 / 2014.
      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: 7.17 pm until 7.51 pm
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: I, Mr. Mohd Salman bin Mohd Razib, Mr. Mohamad Hafiz bin Mohd Jumaat, Mr. Mohd Daniel bin Mohd Riza, and Mr. Nawi bin Sulaiman, around 5 student, and around 20 government officer.
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Friday, 30 / 5 / 2014 (Government Announcement), even though the Hilal has not been seen.

  • Nigeria:

    1. Seen (Naked eye only): AbdulKareem Isa (MCW member) from Garki, Abuja State reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Thursday, 29 May 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Jabi, Idu Industrial Area, FCT Abuja, Nigeria
      SKY CONDITIONS: Partly Cloudy
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Around 19:00 to 19:25
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Myself

  • South Africa:

    1. Not Seen: Rashid Motala (MCW member) from Durban reported:
      SEEN OR NOT SEEN: Not Seen
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Thursday, 29 May 2014
      SKY CONDITIONS: Cloudy
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT:
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Many, several sighting locations
      ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS:
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Saturday, 31 May 2014 = 1 Sha'baan1435

  • Spain:

    1. Not Seen: Yasin Puertas (MCW member) from Melilla reported:
      NOT SEEN: Not seen (Naked eye, binoculars or telescope).
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Thursday, 29 May 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Melilla/Spain
      SKY CONDITIONS: Perfect conditions. Clear skies and low humidity.
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: From 21:20 to 21:45
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: One, me.
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Today is 29 of Rajab in our city, we will count 30 days inshallah. The oficial first day of Shaban will be May 31.
      REMARKS: Moon was only 24 hours old at Maghrib time, and elongation was barely 12º; it was impossible to be seen with naked eyes.

  • Sri Lanka:

    1. Not Seen: Nular Bary (MCW member) from Colombo reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Thursday, 29th May 2014 (Local 29th Rajab)
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Borella Colombo
      SKY CONDITIONS: Cloudy
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 6:25 to 7:pm (Sunset at 6:22pm.)
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Myself & Two others.
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Saturday, 31st May 2014 First of Shaban 1435
      REMARKS: No positive sighting reported to The Hilaal Committee of Colombo Grand Mosque from any part of the country this evening.

  • USA:

    1. Not Seen (Cloudy): Dr. Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) from Blacksburg VA reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 05/29/2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Blacksburg, VA
      SKY CONDITIONS: Cloudy and foggy
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 8:47 pm
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: One
      REMARKS: This evening (Thursday, May 29, 2014), the crescent was not sighted in Blacksburg, VA (Lat: 37° 15' 40" N, Lng: 80° 26' 56" W, and elevation: 646 meters). At 8:47 pm EST, we had a cloudy sky with dense fog. At 8:55 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 62.6 F, 62.6 F, 100%, and 30.16 in, respectively.

    2. Seen (Naked eye): Zohair Zaidi from Irving, Texas reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 05/29/2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Irving, Texas
      SKY CONDITIONS: Cloudy and foggy
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 15 minutes after sunset; Continued to see it for another 20 minutes.
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: I and 3 other brothers
      REMARKS: Moon's altitude at time of sighting was about 9 degrees above horizon at azimuth of 290 degrees.

    3. Seen (Naked eye): Mohammed Yahya Shaikh (MCW member) from Anaheim CA reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Thursday, May 29th 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Anaheim/CA/USA
      SKY CONDITIONS: lower horizon partially hazy
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 8:15 PM
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: 5 people
      ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS: like from 1 O'clock to 5 O'clock:
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: May 30th
      REMARKS: Moon should have been seen by many in so cal area until about 8:30 PM

    4. Seen (Naked eye): Tasmin Ahmad (MCW member) from Murrieta, CA reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Thursday May 29, 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Murrieta, California, USA
      SKY CONDITIONS: Clear
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 8:20 PM
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Two
      ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS: 4PM to 8 PM
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Friday, May 30, 2014
      REMARKS: The thin crescent moon was faint but visible about 30 minutes after sunset.

    5. Seen (Naked eye): Jim Lockyer of Wildomar, CA reported:

      (Click on photo to see full size).

      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 05/29/2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Wildomar, CA
      SKY CONDITIONS: Clear
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 8:35pm (sunset was 7:51 pm)
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: One
      ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS: 2:30;4:30:6:30
      REMARKS: I was using binoculars to locate the moon but it only came into view around the 8:35 time. It was faintly visible to the naked eye if you knew where to look, and had you not been looking for it you would not have seen it. There was a lot of particulate matter in the air as well. This photo taken on Thursday, May 29, 2014 between 8:45 pm to 9:00 pm PDT before the crescent set over the Santa Ana Mountains, CA.

  • Zimbabwe:

    1. Not Seen: Ayub Mahomed (MCW member) from Harare reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT:Thursday 29 May 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Harare and Other Cities,
      SKY CONDITIONS: Clear with little haze
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 5.50 pm
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Many
      ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS: Not seen
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: 31 May 2014.

Friday, 30 May 2014:

  • Germany:

    1. Seen (Naked eye): G. Benjamin (MCW member) from Ludwigshafen reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Friday, 30 May 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Ludwigshafen/Rhineland Palatinate/Germany
      SKY CONDITIONS: Cloudy/Patch of clouds
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: around 9:35 pm to 10:20pm (first sighting at 10:05pm)
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: only Myself
      ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS: From 1 O'clock to 7 O'clock
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: according to this local sighting 31 May 2014

  • India:

    1. Seen (Naked eye): Abdurrahman R. Shaikh (MCW member) from Patan, Gujrat reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 30 May 2014 30 Rajab 1435
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Madrasa Kanze Marghoob, Patan-384265, Gujarat, India
      SKY CONDITIONS: Clear
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 19:40 IST
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Myself and 10 other people

    2. Seen: Mohammed Zafar (MCW member) from Chitradurga, Karnataka reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 30 May 2014 and 30 Rajab 1435
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: MASJID E FATHIMA TMK COMPOUND AGASANAKALLU, CHITRADURGA ,KARNATAKA , India
      SKY CONDITIONS: Clear
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 19:10 IST
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Myself and 5 other people

    3. Not Seen (Cloud): Yusuf Idara (MCW member) from New Delhi reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT:Friday 30 May 2014 = 30 Rajab 1435
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: new delhi, India
      SKY CONDITIONS: very cloudy
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 07:15 pm to 07:45pm
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Myself & my wife
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: 31 May 2014 = 1st Sha'ban 1435

  • Indonesia:

    1. Seen: AR Sugeng Riyadi (MCW member) from Assalaam Observatory, Surakarta Central Java reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Friday May 30, 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Bendo Ketitang Juwiring Klaten, Indonesia
      SKY CONDITIONS: Clear
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 5:30 PM
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: I and my son
      ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS: 4PM to 8 PM
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: (Official) Friday, May 30, 2014
      REMARKS: I tried to observe the crescent moon with my son (Ahmad Badrus Salam Alfa Rasyid, 5 years old). He could see the thin moon by naked eye at sunset. However the crescent was visibled by my eye about 10 minutes after sunset.

  • South Africa:

    1. Seen: Shakil Vayani (MCW member) from Witbank reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: May 30, 2014 (Friday)
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Witbank , South Africa
      SKY CONDITIONS: Clear
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 6:25 PM
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Myself
      REMARKS: The crescent looked sightly over 24 hrs old with clear visibility.

  • UK:

    1. Seen (NAKED EYE): Ahmad I. Adjie (MCW member) from Bandung, Indonesia, reported his sighting in UK:

      (Click on photo to see full size).

      DATE OF SIGHTING: 30 May 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Western Outskirts of Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom
      SIGHTER: Myself and daughter Zahrah Zubaidah
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: 31 May 2014 (for those who depend on sighting)
      REMARKS: Hilal/Crescent easily sighted, and had enough clarity to be photographed with a pocket digital camera, handheld and shot by Zahrah Zubaidah.

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