What did this Saudi astronomer say in response to others about seeing al-Eid crescent?
Astronomer Abdullah al-Khudairi confirmed that seeing the crescent of Shawwal (Hilal al-Eid) on Saturday evening is possible with bare eyes and with high possibility, especially if the atmosphere is as pure as expected.
He told Al Arabiya “the crescent remains on the horizon for 20 minutes, which will make it more visible.” He added that “some astronomers claim that there would be an inability to see the crescent if the length of its stay on the horizon is less than 29 minutes, a claim that contradicts the reality proven by witnesses over the past years inside and outside Saudi Arabia.”
He explained that “for more than 30 years, trustworthy witnesses see the moon at times. Some of the astronomers deny the vision of the crescent, claiming that it will disappear before the sunset, today they confirm that the crescent emerges hours before sunset, and confirm that it will stay in the horizon for more than 20 minutes after sunset.”
“I saw the crescent personally in one year, about one and a half degrees high, it stayed in the horizon for a few minutes only after the sunset, so how do they claim that the lowest vision recorded by the bare eyes was 29 minutes after sunset?”
Al-Khudairi continued that “in 2004 - specifically in September - the crescent was seen in Al-Qafrah area in Madinah by a specialized academic astronomer and his colleague. Although the crescent remained after the sunset only a degree and 18 part of the degree, which means it stayed in the horizon after sunset for only six minutes and 25 seconds.”
“In 1435 Hijri, some of the astronomers denied as usual the possibility of seeing the Crescent of Shawwal, while the reality proved them to be liars; by the testimony of a number of the trusted experienced witnesses in the Kingdom and abroad. In Saudi Arabia, 11 trusted men were able to see the crescent; 6 in the city of Sudair, 3 in the province of Shakra and two in the city of Tamir, while outside the Kingdom the Crescent was seen by a number of the trustees in Egypt in a number of cities.
It is noteworthy that some astronomers adopt each year that the least duration for Hilal that could be seen with bare eyes is 29 minutes, Khudairi confirms that this seeing was on September 20, 1990 in Palestine, and the lowest age of Hilal could be seen with bare eyes was 15 hours and 33 minutes, that was seen on February 25, 1990 from the United States.