Astronomical phenomenon related to Ramadan’s crescent in the Saudi sky

Astronomers look to the sky every year to find out when Islam’s holy fasting month of Ramadan begins. (Shutterstock)

After the sunset on Thursday, the sky of Saudi Arabia will witness an astronomical phenomenon linked to the fact that the moon of the month of Ramadhan will be at its closest point to the planet earth.

The Saudi Astronomical Society in Jeddah said on its Facebook page that after sunset, Saudi Arabia will witness the phenomenon of the crescent of the giant moon since the crescent of Ramadan will be near Venus. Its virtual size will appear at about 5% bigger and 11% brighter, compared to the usual crescents in an exceptional scene that can easily be perceived by the naked eye.

The head of the society, Majid Abu Zahra, said that the unlighted part of the moon's surface with sunlight will be dimmed in a phenomenon that is referred to as the new moon embracing the old moon, whether tonight or in a few nights, as a result of the reflection of sunlight from the earth and its fall on the moon.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:52 - GMT 06:52