Eid Al Fitr, the feast marking the end of Ramadan, is expected to start on June 15, astronomers in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have said.
“We expect Ramadan this year to last only 29 days and to end on June 14. The crescent marking the end of the month will be visible for about 43 minutes, so Eid will be on Friday,” Abdullah Al Misnad, a professor at the University in Al Qasim, said.
Kuwait’s Al-Seyassah daily quoting the Kuwaiti astronomer and historian Adel Al-Sa’adoun. He explained that the moon will be coupled with the sun (the so-called birth of the moon) on Wednesday, June 13 at exactly 10:43 pm. On that day, the sun would have set before the moon by 25 minutes due to which it would be impossible to see the crescent.
On Thursday, June 14, the moon will set 40 minutes before the sun. The new moon will be 20 hours and seven minutes, and its elevation from the horizon will be 8 degrees. The angle between the moon, earth, and sun will 12 degrees. On the evening of June 14 at sunset, all the conditions for sighting the crescent would be favorable for seeing with the naked eye in all Arab countries and in some Muslim countries east of Makkah Mukarramah.
Saudi Labor law allows to take 4 days paid leave from 30th of Ramadan.