April 10 could mark first day of Eid al-Fitr— JAS

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AMMAN — On Wednesday, Ammar Al-Sakaji, the president of the Jordanian Astronomical Society (JAS), announced that astronomical calculations suggest the possibility of sighting the crescent moon of the month of Shawwal on the evening of April 9, noting that the crescent moon would be clearly visible on the western horizon of the kingdom, allowing citizens to observe it by looking towards the west, Al-Mamlaka TV reported. اضافة اعلان

According to these calculations, April 10 will mark the first day of Eid al-Fitr.

Regarding the possibility of sighting it on the evening of April 8, Sakaji stated that astronomical calculations confirm that ‘sighting is impossible’ because the crescent moon will be below the horizon after sunset.

He added that there will be no crescent moon to observe according to all standards, including the criterion of visibility, emphasizing that the crescent moon will be below the horizon, a fact agreed upon by all specialized astronomers.

However, the official announcement for determining the beginning of Ramadan, Shawwal, and the Islamic months is the responsibility of the Iftaa Department, and the Grand Mufti of the Kingdom.

The JAS is working this year on increasing the number of observation stations to cover most parts of the kingdom from south to north.

Notably, the society has also launched a competition to photograph the crescent moon of Shawwal in Jordan. Observation and photography operations for the crescent moon will begin after 7:00pm on Tuesday, April 9 from the western direction. The moon will be in the sky and can be photographed using regular cell phones, cameras, telescopes, or any optical devices.

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