Moonsighting for Muharram 1439
1439 AH

The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on September 20, 2017 (Wednesday) at 5:30 UT. On September 20, the crescent may not be visible anywhere in the habited world. It may be seen with binoculars in Southern belt of North America, all Central America, and Northern parts of South America. On September 21, it will be easily visible almost everywhere in the world. (See visibility curves).

The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on ......... from ...................

Al urjoonul qadeem of Dhul-Hijja 1438: September 19, 2016 (Tuesday):

On right is the old Crescent Moon (End of Dhul-Hijja 1438 AH), September 19, 2017 (not the new moon to start Muharram). Photo on the right is provided by MCW member Mr AR Sugeng Riyadi from Rowasiya Observatory at Bendo Ketitang Juwiring Klaten Central Java Indonesia: This is decreasing moon that was sighted in Indnesia at 5:27 AM on September 19, 2017. Click on the photo on the right to see full size. -->

September 20, 2017 (Wednesday):

  • Indonesia:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr AR Sugeng Riyadi from Assalaam Observatory, Surakarta Central Java reported: The new crescent of Muharram 1439 AH was not sighted from Banjarnegara on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 because the sky was cloudy. I tried to observe with my Rukyat Hilal Team of Rowasiya and Assalaam Observatory. However the 1st of Muharram 1439 AH in Indonesia will start on Thursday, September 21st, 2017 according to the calculation.

  • Saudi Arabia:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Ayyub Patel from Abha reported: Today 20 September 2017 from ABHA Saudi Arabia we report No sighting with naked eye or with binoculars. Local time 6.10pm was the time for magrib and sunset. The moon set was at 6.29pm right above the sunset and its age after conjunction was 11-12 hours. Its sighting was predicted as impossible and it turned out to be that. The sky was cloudy but there was a clear sky window near the sunset.

  • South Africa:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Rashid Motala from Durban reported: On the evening of Tuesday 20th September 2017, the Hilaal was NOT sighted in South Africa. Therefore Muharram 1439 will commence on Friday, 22nd September 2017 in South Africa. Youmul-Ashura will be Sunday, 1st October 2017, Insha-Allah.

September 21, 2017 (Thursday):

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