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lunar month

See synodic month.

lunar month

[′lü·nər ′mənth]
(astronomy)
The period of revolution of the moon about the earth, especially a synodical month.
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The last lunar month before Ramadan, called Shaban, began Thursday evening after Saudi Arabia and other Muslim-majority countries were unable to sight the moon Wednesday evening.
The subjects were divided into two groups: patients who died on full moon days (the 14th, 15th, and 16th days of the lunar month); and patients who died on the other days of the month.
However, variations in pits' depths suggests that the arc has a complex design - with each lunar month potentially divided into three roughly ten day 'weeks,' which represents the waxing moon, the gibbous/full moon and the waning moon.
He argued how can Muslims rely on astronomy to determine times of Prayers, while they do not embrace the same tools for determining the beginning of the fasting and other lunar months.
It called upon everyone to maintain accuracy while writing and publishing such information without reference to the official sources especially many sharia and legal rulings depend on the beginning and the end of the lunar months. They have also social implications, thus the feeling of responsibility and obtaining the accurate information is doubled.
Summary: JEDDAH: A conference of experts in Makkah has called for the formation of a committee of astronomers and Islamic scholars that would try to unify the beginning of lunar months in Muslim countries.
Makkah, Rabi'I 22, 1433, Feb 14, 2012, SPA - Under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Conference On Lunar Months and Astronomical Calculations, which was organized by Islamic Jurisprudence Academy affiliated with Muslim World League, concluded here yesterday its two-day meetings.
holy well of Zamzam, in the Islamic lunar months of Shaaban and the current
The decision also stipulated that the lunar months verification committee affiliated with the Abu Dhabi Judiciary Department should follow up the sighting of the crescent moon in the central, eastern and the western regions of the emirate, verify the testimonials and report to the committee to determine the beginning of the month of Ramadan.
Our calendar coincides with the moon's phases, with 12 (and occasionally 13) lunar months.
The Athenian calendar included 12 lunar months. A passage in Plato tells us when the Athenian year began: "The commencement of a new year begins with the month next after the summer solstice." But 12 lunar synodic months include only about 354 days, about 11 days short of a solar year.
"cannot be forced into agreement with astronomy" (Fotheringham 1934: 158-59) and is thereby "completely eliminated" (Gerhardt 1930: 154) as the year of death of Jesus if lunar months cannot begin before first-crescent visibility.