Monday, May 28, 2018

Kodak Agfa Presents : An Early Full Moon !? “Updated”

I grabbed my camera Monday night after reading online that Planet Jupiter is making an appearance besides the moon and we could see it by the naked eye, it was an invitation for photography.
Amazingly the moon was full and bright despite according to our Islamic lunar Calendar declared by the State’s Dar Ifta, it is not the 15th night !!
Here is how the moon looked.

A Semi full or a full moon
The moon seems full to me

If there is a miscalculation of the moon’s phase in Egypt, then it will mean that there is a miscalculation in the start of Ramadan.
Ramadan should have started earlier.
Anyhow, I am not an official astronomical expert, I am ranting here.

Updated :

Egypt’s Dar Ifta issued a statement on its social media accounts that their calculations were correct and there was not mistake about the timing of Ramadan.
In a long statement , Dar Ifta insists that what we saw on 12th of Ramadan was actually 96% of the full moon and not 100% of the moon.

That’s what Dar Ifta and its Sheikhs said. In front of God , they are responsible for the fasting of millions of Egyptians.
Needless to say that there is a trust issue between Dar Ifta and many Muslims in Egypt due to its political actions and statements especially its grand Emam.
I wish those sheikhs stick in  religion for real and leave politics.
Now aside from the debate, here is the photo of the moon and beneath Jupiter as a very bright small dot. It looked like a faraway star.
The moon and planet called Jupiter
Do you see that bright spot beneath the moon? It is Jupiter

That photo was taken and the street’s lights were on.
This gives you an idea of how the moon was bright

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