Here are the times for the first sighting and setting of the crescent moon at the beginning and end of Ramadan 2015 (1436 AH), according to data supplied by the HM Nautical Almanac Office.

The times given here are for London, Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow. Ramadan Mubarak!

Date (2015) Times of first sighting and setting of the crescent Moon
London Manchester Leeds Glasgow
17 June Crescent moon not visible Crescent moon not visible Crescent moon not visible Crescent moon not visible
18 June Crescent moon easily visible around 21:49; sets 22:25 Crescent moon easily visible around 22:07; sets 22:40 Crescent moon easily visible around 22:06; sets 22:39 Crescent moon easily visible around 22:29; sets 22:58
17 July Crescent moon only visible with optical aid, around 21:19; sets 21:32 Crescent moon not visible Crescent moon not visible Crescent moon not visible
18 July Crescent moon easily visible around 21:31; sets 22:00 Crescent moon easily visible around 21:47; sets 22:12 Crescent moon easily visible around 21:45; sets 22:09 Crescent moon easily visible around 22:05; sets 22:25

Please note that times are BST (British Summer Time) not GMT, and may not correspond exactly with the official religious sighting of the crescent moon. There are many other sites which offer timetables of the Ramadan fast sourced from local mosques e.g. see Ramadan Timetable UK.

Crescent Moon visibility

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The dates of Ramadan and other Islamic months depend on the sighting of the new crescent Moon. Information on the visibility of the Moon from anywhere in the world is available from HM Nautical Almanac Office's Websurf facilty:

  • accept the conditions of use (Websurf homepage)
  • choose 'Crescent Moon visibility' option
  • select a location
  • select a date range
  • The visibility information (time) is in the 'BEST TIME' column; Moon set time is in the 'Moon set' column. Add +1 hour for BST.

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