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Saudi astronomer announces Eid will be next Tuesday

An astronomer and astrophysicist at King Fahd University expect Eid Al-Fitr on Tuesday

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The Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr is likely to fall on Tuesday (July 29), marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, according to an astronomer and astrophysicist at Saudi Arabia's King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.

According to Ali Al-Shukri, it will be difficult to see the crescent on Sunday because the moonlight will be dim and the moon will set around 11 minutes after the sunset.

On this day, however, it is possible to sight the crescent with special telescopes from southern Africa and South America. Astronomically speaking, sighting of the moon with the naked eye will be possible only on Monday, he said.