Bandar Seri Begawan – Could the young lunar crescent (hilal) be seen in binoculars and by the naked eyes on Thursday afternoon, October 7, 2021?

Above: New moon position from Brunei Darussalam

Based on the data, the 23-hour old moon is thin and the first light Rabiulawal hilal will be a visible to the naked eyes from Brunei Darussalam.

Look up for a great sky-watching challenge from your home backyard. Here are some tips for you:

  • Use binoculars or a telescope and a compass to assist your observation;
  • Be sure to find an unobstructed flat horizon in the direction of sunset;
  • Start looking shortly after the sun disappears (20 minutes after sunset), then you’ll only have no more than about 30 minutes before moonset;
  • Use your hands to measure the approximate distance (in degrees) the sky using your hands and fingers – see below;
  • Crystal clear skies is essential.
Above: Measuring angular size in the sky

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