2nd New Moon Sighted 2019

7 May 2019

Shalom Aleichem,

The second new moon was visible in Australia and the United States on 6 May. Here in eastern Australia, there was no sighting due to weather. Israel didn’t report the new moon being visible on 6 May so 7 May was the new moon as the 30th day since the last new moon.

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 6 Maytwo
Lawton, Oklahoma, United States of America 6 Mayfour
Jerusalem, Israel7 Maynot defined

YHWH bless,

J. Adam Meyer

6 May

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cloudy but still seen. RJ (2 observers)

Lawton, Oklahoma, United States of America

Crescent moon sighted on 5/6/2019 at 8:35 pm between clouds in the western sky. Within approximately 10 minutes, the clouds had blocked the moon. WI (4 observers)

7 May

Jerusalem, Israel

At the time of this writing, we are not aware of any positive new moon sightings from Israel this evening, even though the moon should have been easily visible (Ill 3.44% Lag 94 min) were it not for the heavy cloud and dust coverage on the horizon throughout the country.
I will, of course, send out an update should any positive confirmations come in later. However, if no positive reports come in from tonight’s observation:
For those who began this last month on April 6, 2019 in the evening, based on the one witness we had, then this evening May 6, 2019 is the end of the 30thday of the previous month and therefore the beginning of the new month by default.
For those who decided to disregard the one witness we had and began last month on April 7, 2019 in the evening, then this evening May 6, 2019 is the end of the 29th day of the previous month and so you would presumably begin the new month tomorrow May 7, 2019 in the evening. Interestingly, but not necessarily a problem, in doing so you will in all likelihood have a 28-day month, as the next new moon is expected to be visible on June 4, 2019 (Ill 2.11% Lag 69 min).
On behalf of all of us who rely on these reports, we wish to thank everyone in Israel who looked for the new moon this evening and sent in their observations in a timely manner.
Regardless of which day you will be starting the month, make it a great one!

Chodesh Tov!
Devorah Gordon
Jerusalem, Israel