Ramadan 2012

Dates for the start and end of Ramadan in 2012 are available below:

Date (2012) Times of first sighting and setting of the crescent Moon*
London Manchester Leeds Glasgow
20 July Crescent moon not visible Crescent moon not visible Crescent moon not visible Crescent moon not visible
21 July Crescent moon easily visible around 21:19; sets 21:38 Crescent moon easily visible around 21:34; sets 21:49 Crescent moon easily visible around 21:33; sets 21:47 Crescent moon easily visible around 21:51; sets 22:00
18 Aug Crescent moon not visible Crescent moon not visible Crescent moon not visible Crescent moon not visible
19 Aug Crescent moon visible under perfect conditions around 20:20
sets 20:28
Crescent moon visible under perfect conditions around 20:31; sets 20:36 May need optical aid to view crescent moon, 20:29; sets 20:33 May need optical aid to view crescent moon, 20:43; sets 20:43

*Times are BST not GMT, and may not correspond exactly with the official (religious) sighting of the crescent moon.

The dates of Ramadan and other Islamic months depend on the sighting of the new crescent Moon.

Information on the visibility of the Moon from anywhere in the world is available from HM Nautical Almanac Office’s Websurf facilty:

  • accept the conditions of use (Websurf homepage)
  • select the ‘Moon-Viz’ link
  • choose or search for a place
  • select a date range
  • The visibility information (time) is in the ‘BEST TIME’ column; Moon set time is in the ‘Moon set’ column. NB add +1 hour for BST.

4 thoughts on “Ramadan 2012

  1. Somsid

    Do you know if the moon was visible on 18 or 19 July?

    I know your tables shows theoretical Predicted projection (given blog posted in 13 July)? However, did anyone from RMG actually log what the naked eye and telescopes were showing on the nights of 18 and 19 July. Also do you have any pictures showing the crescent on those days?

    Also would you be able to explain eg if new crescent Moon is cited in Egypt, the prediction tables are stating it should not be.

    Thank you in Advance

    Som

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  2. Omar

    Great work from the Royal Observatory – just a question, when you say “clearly visible”, do you mean to the naked eye or aided telescopic instruments? I am assuming it’s the former given the wording of the text for 19 August but given it is SUCH a major issue in religious confirmation of the sighting of the moon, it’s worth doubly emphasising this maybe?

    Thank you for the information – very helpful!

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