Wednesday, May 4, 2011

New Moon 2nd month/clouds

Update: It is New Moon by default tonight (May 4, 2011) as last month was also 30 days!~

Karaite Korner Newsletter #512

New Moon Report
May 2011
Second Biblical Month (correction)

Tonight (Wednesday May 4, 2011) was actually the 31st evening since the previous sighting making it new moon day by default, even if we did not succeed in sighting the moon. On the previous evening sighting would have been impossible from Israel even under ideal conditions. That makes tonight the beginning of the 2nd biblical month. Sorry for the confusion.

Nehemia Gordon
Overtired in Jerusalem, Israel

Karaite Korner Newsletter #511

New Moon Report

May 2011

Second Biblical Month

We looked for the moon on Wednesday May 4, 2011 from Israel. It should have been visible under good viewing conditions but there were clouds across Israel and so far no one has reported seeing it. Those who accept the principle of "potential visibility" will be observing tonight as new moon since it would have been visible if there had not been clouds. However, those who accept the principle of raw 30-day visibility will observe new moon day tomorrow night.

If I receive further information I will send out a follow up report.

Pictures of tonight's horizon from Jerusalem are posted at:

https://www.facebook.com/NehemiaGordon

Nehemia Gordon

Jerusalem, Israel

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