Saudi Arabia

New moon-sighting system from next year in Saudi Arabia

Web Report/Makkah
Filed on June 6, 2019 | Last updated on June 6, 2019 at 06.01 pm
New moon-sighting system from next year in Saudi Arabia

(KT file)

The new system will detect the Ramadan and Shawwal crescent.

Saudi Arabia will adopt a new system starting from next year to detect the Ramadan and Shawwal crescent, a Saudi media organisation reported.

"As of next Ramadan, the new clock tower in Mecca will be an Islamic observatory for citizens, through which we will be able to spot the Ramadan, Shawwal and other months crescents, as it will have a collection of advanced telescopes," Yaseen Maliki, supervisor of Chair of King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz was quoted as saying in Al Bayan.

"It will contribute with global space agencies and will be the first observatory of the Islamic world. the tower will be monitoring next year both the Ramadan and Shawwal moons, making it the first integrated observatory launched by Makkah," he added.

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