The Saudi Astronomical Society on monday in Jeddah stated that astronomical calculations indicate that Friday will be the first day of the month of Shawwal and Eid Al-Fitr.
Based on the society’s astronomical calculations, Thursday (April 20) will be the last day of Ramadan, which is also the day all Islamic countries will investigate the new moon of Shawwal and Eid al-Fitr.
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The head of the society Majid Abu Zahra said: “The sun will set from the horizon of Makkah Al-Mukarramah on the day of the investigation at 6:42 in the evening.
At that time, the moon will be above the horizon at a height of 04 degrees and its angular separation from the Sun ‘elongation’ will be 05 degrees, and its illumination is 0.2 percent. It will set at 7:06 in the evening 24 minutes after sunset, and thus the conditions for entering the month of Shawwal will be astronomically fulfilled.”
He noted that seeing the moon with the naked eye or telescope will not be possible, but could be seen with a CCD camera.
He continued saying: “On Friday, April 21, 2023, the sun will set from the horizon of Makkah Al-Mukarramah at 6:43 pm. The moon will be above the horizon at an altitude of 16 degrees and its angular separation from the Sun ‘elongation’ will be 17 degrees, and its illumination will be 2.4 percent.
It will be clearly visible with the naked eye if the sky is clear. It will set at 8:05 pm, one hour and 22 minutes after sunset.’