Press Release: Partial Solar Eclipse on June 21, 2020

Bandar Seri Begawan – People in this country will have the opportunity to witness the rare sun eclipse on Sunday afternoon, June 21, 2020. The cosmic event will be expected to begin at 3.10 p.m. and ends at 5.23 p.m.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon is perfectly aligned between the sun and the earth. During the partial eclipse, the moon never completely covers the sun.

Above: Looking West from Brunei Darussalam during the solar eclipse phenomena on Sunday, 21 June 2020. Picture shows the position of the sun and the moon in the sky.

The phenomenon of a partial solar eclipse will last for 2 hours 13 minutes, where throughout this event the Moon will obscure a small fraction of the sun. During the greatest eclipses, i.e. at 4.22 p.m., nearly 28 percent of the sun will be covered by the Moon.

People who wish to observe this phenomenon are advised not to look at the sun directly. Some of the safe methods of watching the sun eclipse are employed by using Shade 14 Welding Glasses, solar filters or by telescope projection.

In conjunction of the upcoming eclipse event, the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD) in collaboration with the University of Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) and Kolej Universiti Perguruan Ugama Seri  Begawan (KUPUSB) will organize an online Facebook Live discussion “Astronomy Talk: The Phenomenon of Solar Eclipse”.

This general astronomy talk programme will provide an opportunity for the public and netizens to interact with astronomy and falak syarie experts on the phenomenon of sun eclipse which will be livestreamed from 8.30 p.m. on Friday,19 June 2020.

While the solar eclipse observation session will be brought directly online on 21 June 2020 from several strategic locations in the four districts of Brunei Darussalam by PABD. The programme is organized in collaboration with the MY-East Asia Universe Awareness Solar Eclipse (MY-EAUNIVASE) project under the partnership network of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) National Outreach Coordinators in nine East Asian countries.

Members of the public can view the live streaming of these phenomenon starting at 2.45 p.m. until 5.30 p.m. The observations are dependent on weather conditions.

Above: Stages of the partial solar eclipse on June 21, 2020, from Brunei Darussalam

Both programmes can be viewed via PABD’s social media page www.facebook.com/bruneiastronomy

The phenomenon of the next solar eclipse will occur again in Brunei on Thursday, 20 April 2023.

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