The Saudi Arabia Astronomical Observatory committee for moon sighting has revealed that Eid ul Fitr would be Sunday 24th of May 2020. This came after the committee through their spokesperson confirmed that the moon for the month of Shawwal would be checked on Friday few minutes before sunset, therefore Ramadan would complete 30 and Eid would be Sunday.
The observatory sources said:
“According to the scientific calculations that were published on the astronomical observatory site that sun will set at 6:39 p.m. at 293 degrees, and the moon will set at 6:26 p.m. Friday, Ramadan 29, and this means the setting of the moon happens 13 minutes before sunset.”
The culture of moon sighting has been, if the crescent of the next month is not sighted on time before the end of the present month, the the present month would be observed in its complete days and the next month count will begin after the present is complete.
Meanwhile, Dr. Abdullah Al-Mosnad, professor of climate at the Department of Geography of Al-Qassim University, and founder and head of the committee for naming climatic conditions emphasized that the crescent moon will set on Friday about 10 minutes before sun in Makkah and therefore Eid will be on Sunday after completion of 30 days of Ramadan.