New Lunar Crescent of Syawal 1437 seen from Brunei

Bandar Seri Begawan – July 05, 2016. A group ofย members of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam was at the Agok Hill in Tutong for the moonsightingย to observe the new moon of Syawal 1437H. The western sky was partly cloudy especially new the horizon with theย sun set behind the clouds on that evening. At about 15 minutes after sunset,ย at the clouds break,ย 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”

Brilliant Geminid Meteor Shower Dazzles Brunei Sky

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”

Spectacular Closest Pairings of Venus and Jupiter on June 30 – July 01, 2015

Planetary Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter on June 30 and July 01 after sunset. Dont miss it!

Planetary Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter on June 30 and July 01 after sunset. Dont miss it!
Planetary Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter on June 30 and July 01 after sunset. Dont miss it!

UPDATE: June 30, 2015. Some photos of the event.

The two planets, the brilliant Venus and Jupiter surrounded by it's four moons, can fit in the field of view of a mini telescope.
The two planets, the brilliant Venus and Jupiter surrounded by it’s four moons, can fit in the field of view of a mini telescope.
Venus-Jupiter conjunction just now at dusk.
Venus-Jupiter conjunction just now at dusk.

2015 Apr 10 Close Conjunction of Venus and the Seven Sisters

A very bright Venus side by side with the beautiful cluster of stars, Pleiades, in the constellation Taurus. CanonEOS 10mm f/4.0 ISO-1600 15sec
A very bright Venus side by side with the beautiful cluster of stars, Pleiades, in the constellation Taurus.
CanonEOS 10mm f/4.0 ISO-1600 15sec

Update April 12, 2015: Another change to view a celestial conjunction of Venus and Pleiades today. Clear sky!

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Venus and the Pleiades on April 10, 2015, from Brunei

The brilliance of Venus and a beautiful set of “Seven Sisters” star cluster (the Pleiades) are visible very close to each other from Pantai Seri Kenangan, Tutong, at dusk today.

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