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Date:September 21st, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
They're both right.

From an astronomical point of view, the new moon (i.e. when it starts to wax again) happens during the dark phase.

From a religious perspective, the new moon happens when it first becomes visible. This is a practical application, because without accurate clocks and calculations, you can't tell when the astronomical new moon happens. But you know it when you see it.
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