Bandar Seri Begawan – Members of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam were at Bukit Agok, Tutong, for a practical session to look for the new crescent moon (hilal ~11 hour old) this evening of Sunday, May 5th in anticipation of the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.
Members had the opportunities to learn setting up telescopes properly, scopes alignment to the sun or other bright objects, photographing and tracking the new moon. The western sky was pretty clear at sunset, and a sunspot was also visible on the sun.
By the consent of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam will begin fasting this Tuesday (07 May 2019). The announcement on the moon-sighting was aired on Radio and Television Brunei this evening after officials failed to sight the new moon.
International as well as Brunei report and data of the new moon observation was shared to The Islamic Crescents Observation Project (ICOP) via http://www.astronomycenter.net/icop/ram40.html