20 Jun 2017

NASRDA Says Ramadan May End On Sunday

The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA)  has said that the appearance of the first astronomical lunar crescent which would signifies the end of Ramadan fast will be recorded in Nigeria on Sunday between the hours of 6.29pm and 8.40pm.
A statement by NASRDA Head, Media and Corporate Communications, Dr Felix Ale said, the first appearance of the moon can only be sighted with naked eyes given a very cloudless sky without any atmospheric disturbance, while the first lunar crescent can be best sighted with the aid of charged couple device imaging, astronomical telescope or any optical astronomy instrument.

He admitted that officially announcement to terminate Ramadan fast would be done by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar in line with Islamic tradition.

The agency explained that the first astronomical lunar crescent on Sunday would have Port Harcourt, Adamawa, Maiduguri, Taraba, and Damaturu as first to witness the appearance of the first young Lunar Crescent at about 6:29 pm concurrently to 7:20 pm; while the Lunar Crescent will be sighted lastly in Sokoto State between 7:49 pm – 8:40 pm.

The statement said: “All other states of the federation will experience the Lunar Crescent between the estimated time of 6:29 pm and 8:40 pm on June 25.

“The results released by the Agency indicate precise dates, appearance time of the first crescent, sunset as well as moon set time for all the states capital of the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

“In Abuja for instance, the first Lunar crescent will appear between 7:37 pm and 8:28 pm, with sunset at about 6:56 pm, and moon set at about 8:28 pm. While in Kano the appearance of the first lunar crescent will be experienced between 7:34 pm – 8:25 pm, with sunset and moonset at about 6:54 pm and 8:35 pm respectively.

The first lunar crescent will appear in Katsina between the hours of 7:39 pm to 8:30 pm with sunset and moonset at about 6:59 pm and 8:30 pm. The Lunar crescent for Enugu is between 7:29 pm – 8:21 pm, while in Kaduna it will be between 7:36 pm and 8:27 pm. The sun and the moon are expected to set in Enugu at about 6:55 pm and 8:27 pm, and they will expectedly set in Kaduna at about 6:48 pm and 7:41 pm.

“The Southwest states of Lagos and Ibadan will expectedly experience the first Lunar crescent between 7:46 pm and8:39 pm, and 7:45 pm and 8:37 pm respectively. And the sun will set in these states at about 7:04 pm and 8:39 pm, while the moon will set at about 7:04 pm and 8:37 pm respectively.”

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