Crescent Sighting – Frequently Asked Questions



  1. Are there some locations on the globe inherently better than others for sighting the new crescent?

  2. Could you please clarify a notion that astronomy is forbidden in Islam?

  3. Is it possible to see the moon near the sun in the morning and during sunset in the same day? And when does that happen

  4. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) went to Arafat on Friday the 9th Dhu al Hijjah of 10 AH which was on March 6, 632 CE. Is it correct according to calculation? Give detailed answer with exact time?

  5. If we go to higher altitudes like on top of a mountain or in an airplane, does it help for moonsighting?

  6. Was astronomy relied upon thousands of years ago, especially when cloudy weather obstructed visual observation?

  7. Is the calculation of solar movement more exact than the calculation of the lunar movement?

  8. Is it possible to have several consecutive months of 29 days and to have several consecutive months of 30 days and what is the highest possible number?

  9. What is The Astronomical New Moon? 

  10. What is the relevance of Elongation in crescent sighting? 

  11. What is the relevance of Sunset in crescent sighting?

  12. What is the relevance of Moonset time in crescent sighting? 

  13. Is there an accepted criterion for crescent sighting?

  14. When has the earliest crescent of a new moon been seen after the moon was born? 

  15. What is the process one must use to correctly sight the moon?

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5 Responses to “Crescent Sighting – Frequently Asked Questions”

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