KARACHI: The moon of Ramzan will be sighted on the evening of Monday, May 6, and the holy month is expected to begin on May 7, Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) said on Friday.
PMD predicted that the new moon of Ramzan will be born on crossing conjunction point at 03:45 Pakistan Standard Time (PST) on May 5.
According to the astronomical parameters, there is no chance of sighting of the new moon on the evening of May 5, i.e. 29 Shaaban, the meteorological office said.
“The new moon will be 15 hours and 18 minutes old by the time sun sets on Sunday, May 5 in Pakistan, and it will be only seven degrees above the horizon,” an expert said. “It means, there will be no chance of sighting the Ramzan moon in Pakistan on May 05.”
The sun will set on 7:04 pm on Monday and the crescent could be sighted till 7:33 pm, met office said.
The weather is expected fair or partly cloudy in most parts of the country, according to the climate record.
Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Middle East, however, will be able to see the moon on May 5 and hold the first fast of the holy month on May 6.
South Asian neighbours Bangladesh, India and other countries in Asia and Africa will also sight the Ramzan moon on May 6 like Pakistan.