Nigerian Muslims have been alerted to watch out for the moon to begin this year’s Ramadan on the evening of Sunday, 5 June.
This year’s Ramadan is expected to begin on 6 June, a day after sighting the moon.
The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) in a statement said the first appearance of the crescent might not be sighted except with the aid of Charge Coupe Device (CCD) imaging, astronomical telescope or any good optical astronomy instrument.
The statement, which was signed by NASRDA’s head of media and corporate communications, Dr Felix Ale, said the astronomical lunar crescent would appear between 5.12pm and 7.33pm on June 5 with Kaduna and Sokoto being the first to witness it, while it would be sighted lastly in Jos between 6.02pm and 7.14pm.
“All other states of the federation will experience the first lunar crescent between the estimated time of 5.12pm and 7.37pm on 5th June, 2016”, the statement added.
It explained that the findings of the agency showed precise dates, appearance time, sunset as well as moon set time for all the 36 states of Nigeria.
NASRDA said it made the calculated times available so that Nigerians who want to use the information for religious and academic purposes could benefit from it.