ICOP updates on Ramadan moon sighting; expected to start Mar. 12

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ABU DHABI - The International Astronomical Center (IAC), represented by Jordanian astronomer and engineer Mohammed Shawkat Oudah, a member of the Jordanian Astronomical Society (JAS), issued a statement on Monday regarding the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan in Jordan this year.اضافة اعلان

According to the statement, most Islamic countries are expected to observe Ramadan's crescent moon on Sunday, March 10. However, the conjunction is likely to occur at 12:00 PM local time in the Kingdom, with the moon setting in Amman approximately 13 minutes after sunset. These circumstances render sighting the crescent moon on Sunday insufficient, Al-Ghad reported.

Based on criteria outlined in various peer-reviewed scientific research, including those of Muslim scholars and researchers, the crescent moon will not be visible from any location in the Arab and Islamic world on that day, whether with the naked eye, through telescopes, or through astronomical imaging techniques. Consequently, countries requiring a valid moon sighting are expected to commence the month of Ramadan on Tuesday, March 12.

Interested individuals are advised to look westward after sunset on Monday, March 11, approximately 15 to 25 minutes after sunset, from an unobstructed western horizon to observe the crescent moon. While the crescent moon will appear thin and close to the horizon, it will set approximately 60 to 80 minutes after sunset. The larger appearance of the crescent moon after sunset on Monday or the first day of Ramadan does not indicate an incorrect start of the month.

Additionally, the statement explains the significance of specific numerical values related to crescent moon visibility and emphasizes the factors influencing moon sightings beyond duration, age, and separation from the sun.

For those seeking updates on moon sighting information for the start of Ramadan, visit the Islamic Crescents Observation Project (ICOP) website affiliated with the IAC.

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