The moon and the Great Mosque of Mecca are on a date with a “special” astronomical phenomenon today

8 May, 2022
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The moon and the Great Mosque of Mecca are on a date with a “special” astronomical phenomenon today

Today, Sunday, the Great Mosque of Mecca is witnessing an astronomical phenomenon with which it is possible to easily determine the direction of the qiblah for areas far from Mecca without using any equipment.

The moon reaches the first quarter when the moon reaches the point of perpendicularity over Makkah Al-Mukarramah, with the moon’s tilt equal to the latitude of Makkah.

Astronomer Mulhim bin Muhammad Hindi, a member of the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences, said, "This phenomenon is considered one of the natural astronomical phenomena to easily determine the direction of the qiblah for areas far from Mecca. Without using any devices, it is sufficient to head towards the moon at the moment of perpendicularity so that the person is heading towards the qiblah directly.”

He added, according to the Sabq website: “The orthogonal occurs at 6:26 pm Saudi time (15:26 UTC), and anyone who sees the moon at this moment can determine and correct the qiblah, and this includes all the countries of Asia, Europe and Africa.”



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