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BMKG: Hilal of Eid Al-Fitr 1443 Hijri has the Potential to be seen on May 1

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) predicts that the new moon signifying Eid Al-Fitr 1443 Hijriah will be seen on Sunday, May 1

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Illustration of hilal observation 

TRIBUNBATAM.id - The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) predicts that the new moon signifying Eid Al-Fitr 1443 Hijriah will be seen on Sunday, May 1 afternoon.

Head of the Center for Engineering Seismology, Potential Geophysics and BMKG Time Signs Rahmat Triyono said the prediction was known from the calculations carried out by the BMKG.

"Based on the data above, the observation of the new moon on May 1, 2022 has the potential to be seen (observed), but it depends on weather conditions at each observation location," said Rahmat in a written statement, Friday (4/22). 

Rahmat explained that the conjunction or ijtima at the beginning of the month of Shawwal 1443 Hijri in Indonesia occurred before sunset on Sunday 1 May. The age of the new moon ranges from 12 to 15 hours 30 minutes at sunset.

He said the height of the new moon at sunset ranged from 3.79 degrees in Merauke, Papua and up to 5.57 degrees in Sabang, Aceh. The elongation of the new moon is 4.88 degrees in Oksibil, Papua to 6.35 degrees in Sabang, Aceh. 

However, the BMKG doesn't want to rush in setting Eid Al-Fitr to fall on Monday (5/2). BMKG asked the public to wait for an official decision from the government. 

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Previously, the Research Professor of Astronomy-Astrophysics of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), Thomas Djamaluddin predicted the same thing. He said 1 Shawwal 1443 Hijri or Eid 2022 will fall on May 2.

If these predictions are correct, then the Eid time set by the government and the Muhammadiyah Central Executive will fall on the same day. In fact, the time for the beginning of Ramadan set by the government and Muhammadiyah is different.

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