Educational Visit to Mini Astronomical Observatory in Keriam

Tutong – A group of Year 11 Sc 4 students from Sayyidina Hassan Secondary Schools visited the Mini Astronomical Observatory located at Kampong Keriam, Tutong, on Friday night (September 6, 2019).

Group photo

Students had the opportunities to use equipment in the observatory to gaze closely at the Moon and the planet Jupiter. There were also a space talk “Introduction of the Solar System” and a briefing on the proper use of the telescope by Secretary-General of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam.

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ASEAN Astronomy Workshop for Teachers (AAWT) in December 2019

Are you a Brunei science teacher with experiencing in teaching astronomy, using a telescope system and use astronomy as a tool of education?

Participate now! The 3-day ASEAN Astronomy Workshop for Teachers (AAWT) from 26-28 December 2019 at UTM Johor Malaysia will feature talks, hands-on activities such as telescope demonstrations, special observation of the annular solar eclipse including opportunities to use robotic observatories in the region.

More detail, contact Mhd Fairos bin Asillam (Secretary of AAWT) at mhdfairos@gmail.com or +60193553539

Muharram 1441H New Moon Observation

Bandar Seri Begawan – The Western sky was clear on the evening of August 31, 2019. The celestial objects, Venus and Sun, were used for scopes alignment during the new moon sighting.

The new moon observation of Muharram 1441H was held at Agok Hill by members of Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam. The 24 hour-old hilal (crescent moon) was sighted immediately after sunset, 6.28 pm (after pointing the scopes at sunset and slewing to the Moon).

PABD wishes all Muslims in Brunei Darussalam and around the world Salam Maal Hijrah 1441H.

Crescent moon by Hazarry Haji Ali Ahmad
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2019 Aug 10 Perseid Meteor Shower Camp

Tutong – More than 15 members of Brunei Darussalam Astronomical Society and family members participated for the one- night Meteor Shower Observation Camp at Ecoponies Garden in Tutong last night (on August 10/11, 2019, also on the Eid Al Adha).

Group Photo

A total of 46 shooting stars were recorded from 11 pm until 3 am, which averaging about 12 meteors per hour rate last night.

Some meteors only have quick streaks. Fews are brighter and appear to buzz across our sky for several seconds, leaving a glowing smoke trail.

The Perseid Meteor Shower is perhaps the most beloved meteor shower of the year. The shower builds gradually to a peak, often produces 50 to 100 meteors per hour in a dark sky at the peak, around August 12 – 13. However, the nearly full moon block out most of the fainter meteors during the camp last night, and mostly only the bright ones could be seen.

Perseid is produced by comet Swift-Tuttle remnants, which was discovered in 1862. The Perseids are famous for producing a large number of bright meteors. The shower runs annually from July 17 to August 24.

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Brunei berpeluang menamakan planet, bintang

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Isnin, 5 Ogos. – Kesatuan Astronomi Antarabangsa (International Astronomical Union – IAU) menganugerahkan Negara Brunei Darussalam sebuah planet dan sebutir bintang induknya pada 2 Ogos 2019 untuk diberikan nama yang sesuai oleh rakyat negara ini.

Pihak IAU memperuntukkan sebuah planet dan bintangnya kepada setiap negara di dunia untuk dinamakan.

Brunei Darussalam turut diberikan sebutir bintang HD 179949 dan sebuah planet gergasi bergas (exoplanet HD 179949b) yang terletak dalam buruj Sagittarius untuk dinamakan.

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Press Release: Brunei gets to name a planet and a star

Above: An exoplanet HD 179949b is a gas giant planet, a planetary system discovered in 2000 is assigned by the International Astronomical Union to be given a proper name by Brunei Darussalam (Source: International Astronomical Union)

Bandar Seri Begawan – People of Brunei will have the opportunity to name a selected exoplanet and its host star to commemorate the 100th-anniversary celebration of the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

Currently there are a total of more than 4,000 confirmed planets that orbit stars outside the solar system known as exoplanets. Most of these exoplanets have no proper names. 

NameExoWorlds offers the opportunity for all countries in the world including Brunei Darussalam to give a name to one exoplanet and its hosting star.

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Determining of Hari Raya Aidiladha

​ Brunei Darussalam will determine Hari Raya Aidiladha with a moon sighting of month of Zulhijjah 1440 Hijrah nationwide on 29 Zulkaedah 1440 corresponding to 1st August 2019 at several designated areas in the three districts.

In the Brunei Muara District, the moon sighting will take place at the DST Tower of DST Headquarters building, Tungku Highway, Bukit Agok Jerudong, Tanjung Batu and Kampung Sabun. Meanwhile in the Belait District, Bukit Lumut and Bukit Ambog di Tutong District. The outcome of the moon sighting will be broadcast through Radio Television Brunei as soon as the result is received.

Source: RTB News

New Moon Data on 01 August 2019 at Sunset for Brunei Darussalam (PABD)

Half-Blood Moon across Brunei on 17 July 2019

Bandar Seri Begawan – Curiosity and awe have greeted a partial lunar eclipse at pre-dawn hours of July 17, 2019. Here are some of the eclipse moment photographed around Brunei Darussalam.

The following pictures were taken at Panaga Beach , during lunar eclipse on Wednesday 17th between 3.15 and 5:30 am by Rolando Fidel Pinto. Gear used DSLR Pentax K1 with Pentax 1.4x HD PENTAX-DA AF Rear Converter AW and Pentax HD DA 560mm ED AW F5.6 ED AW Lens, which delivers a total focal length of 784mm. Tripod used is a Velbo Pro Geo V630 with a  Jobu Design Gimbal Head  DMG-HD4