Why Saudi astronomers will find it harder to spot this year’s Ramadan crescent

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A number of Muslim scholars involved in the sighting of the Ramadan crescent have said it will be harder to spot this year.

Astronomers look to the sky every year to find out when Islam’s holy fasting month of Ramadan begins as Muslims follow a lunar calendar consisting of 12 months in a year of 354 or 355 days.


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Saudi astronomer Abdullah al-Khoudairi said astronomical calculations and weather conditions will make the crescent harder to spot from the kingdom this year.

A windy dust storm is currently blanketing several areas in the Gulf.

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