Moonsighting information for Eid-ul-Fitr, 2009

The following information (given for Port-of-Spain, Trinidad) will be useful to members of the Muslim community who wish to look for the new moon crescent that marks the end of the month of Ramadaan. Information is given below for the position of the moon in degrees– a useful guideline is that a closed fist at arm’s length spans approximately 10 degrees against the sky. Information is also given for the ‘best time’ to view the moon. This is because at sunset there is still too much light in the sky to view a thin crescent, and some time is needed for the sky to darken a little. 

 

19th September 2009 (29th Ramadan, 1430)

 

  • Sunset will occur at 6:04pm, local time. 
  • The age of the moon at sunset will be 27:20 hours. 
  • At sunset, the moon will be 8 degrees above the western horizon, and 12 degrees to the left of the setting sun. 
  • The moon will set by 6:41pm, leaving a 37 minute window to see it. 
  • The best time to look for the moon will be at 6:20pm, or 16 minutes after sunset.
  • At this time the moon will be 4 degrees above the western horizon, and 12 degrees to the left of the setting sun. 
  • Visibility predictions indicate that the moon will be visible, but only if the sky is clear and conditions are perfect.