Moon Sighting in Pakistan

September 09, 2023
Moon Sighting in Pakistan

Moon Sighting in Pakistan

Ministry of Science & Technology has launched the moon-sighting website to halt the moon-sighting controversy in the country.


Annular Solar Eclipse in Pakistan, June 2020

In 2020, there will be Six Eclipses, four Lunar (of the Moon) and two Solar (of the Sun) during this year. The first Solar eclipse will be on 21 June 2020, which will be visible most in the country. The second Solar Eclipses will be on 14 December 2020 but will not be visible in Pakistan.

Simulation of the Moon on the horizon of Peshawar at Sunset on 23 April, 202022 April 2020

The computer simulation of the Moon on the horizon of Peshawar at sunset on 23 April shows that the altitude of the Moon will be only 2 degrees, and it will continue to go further down with the sun going down. At sunset, the Moon’s age will be less than 12 hours. The Moon would have zero per cent illumination. It would be much below the Danjon Limit. Hence, it can’t be seen even with telescopes.

Simulated image of moon position on the horizon of Peshawar at sunset on 3 June. 27 May, 2019

The moon set is two minutes before sunset. Hence, there is no chance of a moon sighting in the Peshawar area on 3 June 2019.

Simulated image of moon position on the horizon of Peshawar at sunset on 4 June. 27 May 2019

The Moon set after one hour of sunset. Hence, the Moon will be visible in Peshawar on 4 June 2019.

Moon-sighting website and Hijri Calender launched on 26 May 2019

The launch was carried out at a ceremony where the minister highlighted the importance of technology, which he said can help sight the Moon without much trouble. (THE NEWS)

Fawad Chaudhry launched ‘Pakistan’s first official’ moonsighting website on 26 May 2019

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Sunday found what he said is Pakistan’s “first official” moonsighting website and a calendar showing main Islamic dates and months for the next five years based on scientific evidence. (DAWN)

Settling the Moon Sighting Controversy 11 May 2019

Each year, the country is subjected to the frustrating exercise of “moon sightings” by religious clerics wielding unmerited power to decide when the nation observes a particular religious holiday (PAKISTAN TODAY)

Federal Minister of Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has a new way to see the Moon on 11 May 2019

In a cryptic tweet on Saturday, the minister proposed appointing imams, or prayer leaders, as government servants between Grade 14 and Grade 16 instead of spending resources on a small group of people (SAMAA TV)

Ministry preparing ‘mobile application’ for sighting of the Moon 11 May 2019

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry Saturday said his ministry was preparing a mobile application for sighting of the Moon to end the Moon sighting controversy in the country (BUSINESS RECORDER)

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