Sighting of Ramadan crescent moon expected Saturday night

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AMMAN — The International Astronomy Center expects the first day of the fasting month of Ramadan to fall on Sunday for countries like Jordan that rely on moon sighting to determine the start of the month, according to Khaberni.اضافة اعلان

The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, meaning that each month begins the day after the new crescent appears.

The Ramadan crescent will not be visible with the naked eye in any part of the Islamic world on Friday night, and will only be visible with a telescope in far western regions under ideal weather conditions, the center’s director Muhammad Shawkat Odeh said.

A large crescent will be visible on Saturday night. Ramadan will therefore begin on Sunday in countries that require local moon sightings or reports of moon sightings elsewhere that make sense according to the laws of science, Shawkat said.

Some Muslim countries do not closely scrutinize eyewitness reports of the Ramadan crescent, even on nights when experts agree that it is impossible to see the moon.

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