Today is the first day of the Islamic New Year: 1 Muharram, 1429. That assumes the young moon was visible at sunset last night in the Middle East. Closely tied to the lunar cycle, the Islamic calendar slips with respect to the (solar) Gregorian calendar used by most in the West. So the Islamic New Year moves about 11 days earlier each year. If our skies clear, we, too, will soon have a nice view of the slender crescent moon, in the west, just after sunset.