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Moon NOT Sighted Sixth Biblical Month Starts Wed Night"
Karaite Korner Newsletter #527
New Moon Report
August 2011 (2)
Sixth Biblical Month
On Tuesday August 30, 2011 observers across Israel looked for
the new moon but it was not sighted. Visibility was uncertain
even under ideal weather conditions due to a short lagtime of
only 35 minutes. Lagtime refers to the time between sunset and
moonset. This month the moon set only 35 minutes after the sun.
During those 35 minutes, the light of the sun had not faded
enough for the moon to be visible, and by the time it got dark
enough, the moon had already set or was too close to the horizon
to see. Normally when the moon has a short lagtime, it coincides
with a small percentage of the moon's surface facing Earth being
illuminated. This month the short lagtime of 35 minutes
coincided with an unusually high illumination of 3.71% making a
concerted effort at sighting the moon worthwhile. Despite our
efforts we did not see the moon. Clouds may have played a factor
in our negative sighting. New moon day will be tomorrow evening,
Wednesday August 31, 2011.