2019 Feb 19 Hypnotising Supermoon Lights Up Brunei Sky

Bandar Seri Begawan – An unusual full moon light “hypnotised” many skywatchers to a rare celestial display around the world including Brunei Darussalam on Tuesday night, 19 Feb 2019.

The super moon was the biggest and brightest in 2019 because its orbit is at its closest to earth or at perigee at around 356,800km.

At such shortest distance, the Earth’s only natural satellite appeared nearly 30% brighter and almost 14% bigger than a typical full moon. Some effects of the moon’s gravitational pull at our oceans was more pronounced than other times of the month, generating higher than normal high tides or Spring Tides.

Below, some of the best shots of it from around the Sultanate.

Photo by Jamri Jaafar of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam
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Comet Y1 Iwamoto Tops Out in February

Universetoday.com – Every year produces a handful of binocular comets, and the first one for 2019 is coming right up, with a fine apparition for Comet C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto.
Discovered by Japanese amateur Masayuki Iwamoto as a +12th magnitude fuzzball moving through the constellation Hydra the Water Serpent on the night of December 18th, 2018, Y1 Iwamoto is a fast mover. It’s great to see that amateur astronomers can and still do discover comets, as the robotic competition posed by automated surveys such as PanSTARRS makes such an independent discovery tough these days. And to think, the next generation of really powerful surveys such as the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) has yet to come online… I wonder how many hidden comets and asteroids lurk in the latest PanSTARRS data dump?

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Astronomical Society of Brunei holds 3rd AGM

Welcoming Speech by YM Hj Mahadi bin Hj Md Tahir, the President of PABD

Bandar Seri Begawan – The Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD) held it’s 3rd Annual General Meeting today (28 October 2018), at Al-Afiah Hotel Kiulap. Present at the meeting was YM Hj Mahadi bin Hj Md Tahir the President of PABD and YM Hj Johar bin Hj Mohamad Vice President of PABD.

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PABD Members to convene for Association’s 3rd AGM on 28 October 2018

Countdown to PABD 3rd AGM:

Bandar Seri Begawan – The Third (3rd) Annual General Meeting of Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD) will be held at 2 pm on Sunday 19th Safar 1440 / 28 October 2018 in Afiah Hotel, Kg. Kiulap, Bandar Seri Begawan.

Notice of the meeting and detailed agenda had been issued to all invited active members of PABD. All PABD members are urged to RSVP for the annual general meeting via www.bruneiastronomy.org/rsvp

Notis Mesyuarat Agung PABD
Notis Mesyuarat Agung PABD

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PABD promotes astronomy, holds Solar Observation

Bandar Seri Begawan – The Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam organized a solar observation to promote astronomy and educate members of the public on Tuesday (11 September 2018) morning.

Astronomy enthusiasts gathered at the car park of the International Convention Centre in Berakas from 10 am to 1 p.m.  to view the Sun through solar filters. The event was the first time in Brunei being organized for the public that employed the use of a special Hydrogen Alpha-telescope, which makes solar prominences and flares observable. Continue reading “PABD promotes astronomy, holds Solar Observation”

Solar Observation at ICC on Sep 11, 2018

Bandar Seri Begawan – See the sun through our filtered telescopes to get an unbelievable, and safe view, of the Sun!

A Solar Observation will be held on 11 September 2018 (Tuesday) from 10 am to 2 pm at the International Convention Centre, Berakas, in conjunction with the 8th Mahrajan Hafl Al-Takharruj (Pesta Konvokesyen) Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali. The public view will depend on the weather that day.