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Alert: ISNA date for Eid is August 8, 2014.

Astronomical data confirms: Shawwal Hilal CANNOT be SEEN in the evening of August 8 (Wed.) in North America
 
or anywhere in the world (except may be in Brazil, Chile in South America) in the evening of August 7.

Hence, Eid prayer in the USA and Canada on August 8 (Thursday) will result in NOT FASTING on the LAST DAY of Ramadan.
 
On August 7, 2013                   (No chance in most of northern hemisphere)
 
Moon's approx. age at sunset:  Makka 18 hours, Rabat 21 1/2, Miami 26, LA 29 hours
 
Moon's angle                             Makka 9.8 degrees,Rabat 11.2, New York 13.2, Los Angeles 14.5
Moon's altitude                          Makka 2.5 degrees, Rabat 1.3, New York 1.1, Los Angeles 3.5
Lag                                            Makka 11 min., Rabat 6 min., New York 5 min.,Los Angeles 17 min

 
By all known lunar visibility astronomical criteria Shawwal Hilaal cannot be seen by naked eye, binoculars, telescopes, etc.
In Brazil, Argentina, Chile, etc. it may be seen, though not in Panama, or Caribbean.

 
In most parts of the Muslim world, including Makka Shawwal Hilal will be observable in the evening of August 8.