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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.
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.
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”
Bandar Seri Begawan – THE Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD) held their Hari Raya Aidilfitri 1439H celebration at one of the restaurants in Berakas on Friday, 13 July 2018 in the afternoon.
The event was organized to gather members of the association to foster a stronger sense of camaraderie amongst members as well as providing opportunity for fellow members to mingle together. Continue reading “PABD celebrates Hari Raya”
Bandar Seri Begawan – People in Brunei didn’t want to miss to view the big celestial show last night – a Blue Moon, a total lunar eclipse and a supermoon, all happening at the same time. It was a super rare astronomical phenomena, in fact, the Super Blue Blood moon was visible for the first time in over 150 years. Continue reading “Brunei Skywatchers See Big Celestial Event”
Bandar Seri Begawan – July 05, 2016. A group of members of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam was at the Agok Hill in Tutong for the moonsighting to observe the new moon of Syawal 1437H. The western sky was partly cloudy especially new the horizon with the sun set behind the clouds on that evening. At about 15 minutes after sunset, at the clouds break, the 24 hour old hilal was firstly visible through telescopes and CCD Camera at around 6.52 pm. Continue reading “New Lunar Crescent of Syawal 1437 seen from Brunei”
Bandar Seri Begawan – In the predawn hours of December 13, 2015, as the Earth began to sweep through a dense remains of debris from asteroid 3200 Phaethon, these falling space debris burned up in the atmosphere and caused bright flashes in the sky known as shooting stars or geminids meteor showers.
The Geminid shower got its name from the constellation of Gemini or the Twins. From Tutong, there were about 10 meteors in an hour visibled on that morning. The rate is expected to increase as the annual geminid meteor shower peaks tonight (13-14 December 2015). That is when more than 50 shooting stars might be visible every hour (depending on your location/sky). Geminids can be spotted starting between 10 pm and before sunrise, and expected to peak at around 2 am. Continue reading “Brilliant Geminid Meteor Shower Dazzles Brunei Sky”
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