Expected New Moons and Appointed Times for 2009

     Listed below are the computations for 2009 for the expected dates of New Moon visibility from Jerusalem, as well as the moladim (i.e., average time of astronomical conjunction) of the Calculated Rabbinical Calendar (CRC). The difference between the dates for the two calendars is also noted.

     The possible projected dates for the Eternal's Appointed Times for 2009 are given in the tables below the New Moon listings.  Please check back for updates.

     The maturity level of the barley in several locations throughout Israel in late March evidenced that the year would begin with the New Moon of Friday, March 27th this year.

PLEASE NOTE:  The "Visible Crescents" column dates are the dates on which the New Moon is expected to be seen--beginning at sunset of the listed day. All dates listed are to be reckoned from sunset of listed day and date through the next day at sunset in the following New Moon table. [If the VISIBLE CRESCENT column lists Friday, March 27, for example, then the 1st day of that month by crescent is from sunset of March 27 through sunset of March 28. If the CRC's MOLAD column lists Thursday, March 26, then by CRC's molad, it is from sunset of March 26 through sunset of March 27.]

2009/2010 New Moon and Molad Data

New Moon

Illumination & Lagtime

Visible Crescents

Confirmation

Molad

CRC Molad

Difference

11th

1.6 %  68 min.

Tuesday, January 27

Sighted

11th

Sunday, January 25

2 days

12th

2.75 %  88 min.

Thursday, February 26

Sighted

12th

Tuesday, February 24

2 days

1st

1.36 %  60 min.

Friday, March 27

Sighted

1st

Wednesday, March 25

2 days

2nd

3.36 %  107 min.

Sunday, April 26

Sighted

2nd

Friday, April 24

2 days

3rd

2.15 %  84 min.

Monday, May 25

Sighted

3rd

Saturday, May 24

1 day

4th

1.23 %  53 min.

Tuesday, June 23*

Sighted 

4th

Monday, June 22

1 day

5th

3.85 %  61 min.

Thursday, July 23

Sighted 

5th

Tuesday, July 21

2 days

6th

7.29 %  64 min.

Saturday, August 22*

Sighted 

6th

Thursday, August 20

2 days

7th

4.75 %  44 min.

Sunday, September 20

Sighted 

7th

Friday, September 18

2 days

8th

6.64 %  74 min.

Tuesday, October 20*

Sighted

8th

Sunday, October 18

2 days

9th

3.42 %  66 min.

Wednesday, November 18

 

9th

Tuesday, November 17

1 day

10th

4.08 %  104 min.*

Friday, December 18*

 

10th

Thursday, December 17

Same or 1 day*

11th

1.58 %  69 min.

Saturday, January 16

 

11th

Friday, January 15

1 day

12th

2.21 %  80 min.

Monday, February 15

 

12th

Sunday, February 14

1 day

13th/1st

3.26 %  97 min.

Wednesday, March 17

 

1st

Monday, March 15

2 days

* There is a slight chance that the 4th New Moon may not be visible on June 23. It probably will be visible, but in the event that it is not seen, here are the stats for the following evening's sighting: On June 24, there will be a 5.37 % illumination with a 103 minute lagtime. UPDATE: The 4th New Moon was sighted the evening of June 23rd in accordance with our expectation.

* There is a slight chance that the 6th New Moon MAY be visible on August 21. It probably will NOT be visible, but in the event that it is seen, here are the stats for that evening's sighting: On August 21, there will be a 2.42 % illumination with a 30 minute lagtime. UPDATE: The 6th New Moon was sighted the evening of August 22nd in accordance with our expectation.

* There is a slight chance that the 8th New Moon MAY be visible on October 19. It probably will NOT be visible, but in the event that it is seen, here are the stats for that evening's sighting: On October 19, there will be a 2.47 % illumination with a 30 minute lagtime. UPDATE: The 8th New Moon was sighted the evening of October 20th in accordance with our expectation.

* There is a slight chance that the 10th New Moon MAY be visible on December 17. It probably will NOT be visible, but in the event that it is seen, here are the stats for that evening's sighting: On December 17, there will be a 1.16 % illumination with a 47 minute lagtime.

 

2009 Appointed Times

Event

begins sunset of

ends sunset of

Passover

Thursday, April 9th

Friday, April 10th

Feast of Unleavens (1st day)

Friday, April 10th

Saturday, April 11th

Elevation Sheaf Day (aka "wavesheaf")

Saturday, April 11th

Sunday, April 12th

Feast of Unleavens (7th day)

Thursday, April 16th

Friday, April 17th

Pentecost

Saturday, May 30

Sunday, May 31

Day of Shouting (aka "Trumpets")

Sunday, September 20

Monday, September 21

Day of Atonement

Tuesday, September 29

Wednesday, September 30

Feast of Tabernacles (1st day)

Sunday, October 4th

Monday, Octber 5th

8th Day Assembly

Sunday, October 11th

Monday, October 12th

Please check back for updates. If you would like to receive an email report of the search for abib-stage barley, you can sign up at Karaite Korner Abib/New Moon Reports  BACK TO: New Moon Chart--13th/1st new moon

* molad - The CRC, contrary to what some may think, is not based on first visibilty of the moon after conjunction--it is based on the "molad." The Hebrew word means "birth," but the term in rabbinical calculated calendar usage refers to the average conjunction of the earth, moon, and sun (average length being 29.53059 days). The molad may occur on the actual astronomical new moon, but the two terms are not interchangable.  The molad may also occur upon the first day of crescent visibility, or yet within a few days on either side of it (as evidenced in the chart above).

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