Dubai satellite captures image of Ramadan crescent 2018

An image of the Ramadan crescent captured by DubaiSat-2. (Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre)
Updated 17 May 2018
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Dubai satellite captures image of Ramadan crescent 2018

LONDON: An image of the Ramadan crescent was captured by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center’s (MBRSC) remote sensing satellite DubaiSat-2 this week.

The image, released by MBRSC, was taken by rotating the earth observation satellite, a maneuver that took weeks of planning and hours of painstaking alignment.

Taken with a roll tilt angle of 0 degrees and roll pitch angle of 79.63 degrees, the final image was post-processed to highlight the crescent aspect of the moon.

DubaiSat-2 orbits Earth at a speed of 7.5 kilometers/ second, completing each total orbit of the planet in 90 minutes. Its camera images Earth from an altitude of some 600 kilometers at a resolution of 1 meter per pixel, providing world class images

The start of Ramadan is determined by the lunar calendar which follows a 29- or 30-day cycle determined by the cycle of the moon. Muslims anticipate the end of Shaaban, the month preceding Ramadan, by watching for the absence or presence of the crescent moon, which respectively indicates the continuation of Shaban or the beginning of Ramadan. 

Sighting of the Ramadan crescent can be achieved by three methods: through telescopes and binoculars; using astronomy; or viewing with the naked eye.


Israeli police again question PM on corruption allegations

Updated 10 min 55 sec ago
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Israeli police again question PM on corruption allegations

  • Two police vehicles arrived on Friday at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s residence
  • Media reported that Netanyahu is to be questioned over a corruption case involving Israel’s telecom giant
JERUSALEM: Israeli police are again questioning Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as part of their investigations into corruption allegations.
Two police vehicles arrived on Friday at Netanyahu’s residence while protesters at the entrance waved a large banner reading “crime minister” and chanted slogans calling for justice.
Media reported that Netanyahu is to be questioned over a corruption case involving Israel’s telecom giant.
Police had no immediate comment.
Two Netanyahu confidants have been arrested on suspicion of promoting regulation worth hundreds of millions of dollars to the Bezeq telecom company. In return, Bezeq’s subsidiary news site, Walla, allegedly provided positive Netanyahu coverage. The confidants have turned state witnesses.
Police have recommended indicting Netanyahu on corruption charges in two other cases.
Netanyahu has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, dismissing accusations as a media witch hunt.