Now, radio observation can keep lunar calendar in sync
Scientists have revealed that radio observations could bring lunar calendars, which are followed by Muslims, more into line.
According to New Scientist, the researchers from King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology has found that solar radiation bouncing off the moon creates a distinct glow for radio astronomers, even in cloudy conditions and using a 3.7-metre radio telescope could lock on to the new moon's radio signal at the same time the first crescent appears.
Yaser Hafez said that this method might help resolve matters in the event of a disputed sighting by demonstrating that the disc of the moon has indeed moved past the Sun as seen from Earth.
He said that it will show people the real locations and the images of the actual two objects and the telescope would locate moon's position, which is complementary to the visual way of doing it.
(Posted on 06-03-2014)