2020 May 07 Brightest and Biggest mid-Ramadan Full Moon Rises in the Night Sky Over Brunei

Bandar Seri Begawan – Tonight’s full moon was a Supermoon which is astronomically known as the perigee-syzygy. It occurs when the full moon is directly opposite the sun and at the closest juncture (perigee) to earth in its orbit.

Tonight’s full moon was the final Supermoon in 2020, and the next occurrence is on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 11:31 am. (Find out when is the next Supermoon from 2020 until 2030 here)

Here are some of tonight’s best supermoon snapshots from around Brunei Darussalam.

A Supermoon full Moon rises behind the golden dome of Brunei’s landmark, Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha bridge.  Photographed by Awang Norsah Kassim @stokinbubus from Kg Tamoi Ujung. (Canon 90D, Sigma 150 – 600mm f5 with TC2001, 581mm, 1/30 sec, f/11, ISO 200)
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Partial Solar Eclipse on June 21, 2020

By Hazarry bin Haji Ali Ahmad
The Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam

Stages of the sun eclipse. Moon’s motion relative to the sun as seen from Brunei Darussalam during the June 21, 2020, partial solar eclipse. All time in local Brunei (UTC+8).

Bandar Seri Begawan – A perfect alignment of the 3 celestial bodies, Earth-Moon-Sun, will occur on Sunday June 21, 2020, resulting in a spectacular annular solar eclipse which can only be view from specific areas on Earth.

The annular phase of this solar eclipse will be visible from parts of Africa including the Central African Republic, Congo, and Ethiopia; Asia in Yemen, Oman, south of Pakistan and northern India, China including Taiwan. You must be located within the narrow path of annularity represented on the map above by a red line (about 11,400 km long and 21 km width), where people in these areas will see the characteristic “ring of fire”.

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Bola Api, Meteor Meluncur dari Langit di Brunei Darussalam semalam, April 12, 2020

Oleh Hazarry bin Haji Ali Ahmad, Persatuan Astronomi Negara Brunei Darussalam

Bandar Seri Begawan – Persatuan Astronomi Negara Brunei Darussalam (PABD) telah menerima beberapa laporan daripada netizen di negara ini yang telah melihat cahaya yang sangat terang gugur dari langit dipercayai sebuah meteor semalam, hari Ahad, 12 April 2020.

Adakan awda juga telah menyaksikan sebutir meteor yang terang pada hari Ahad, 12 April 2020 sekitar jam 7.30 malam di negara Brunei Darussalam?
Dipercayai sebuah meteor yang terang jatuh dari langit di kampong Lambak yang terakam semalam (April 12, 2020) dari kamera telefon bimbit jenama Xiaomi (f/1.75, 21 saat, ISO288, 4.77mm). Gambar oleh Mohammad Nazhif bin Haji Abdul Khalid
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Brunei’s No Shadow Day Moment on April 01, 2020

Bandar Seri Begawan – Vertical objects became shadow less at around mid-day today, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Brunei Darussalam. Cosmic observers tried out simple experiments by just placing sticks or cylindrical objects vertically on the ground under the sun as well as by observing surrounding environment for changes in the shadow.

Sekolah Rendah Ahmad Tajuddin students experiencing “no shadow” moment on April 01, 2020. Thank you Cikgu @hey.itsfae for sharing this fun activity.
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PABD is on Telegram App Channel

PABD is bringing astronomy closer to the general public. Due to massive response, we have setup a Telegram channel for instant communication & reaching out to a wider astronomy community in Brunei Darussalam.

Join our new friendliest online messaging platform with active PABD members on topics including current astronomy news, falak syarie, stargazing activities, astronomy beginners and tips, astrophotography and more!

Join our Telegram Channel now via t.me/bruneiastronomy

Balai Cerap Al-Biruni Sabah Pemangkin Kemajuan Ilmu Falak Negeri Di Bawah Bayu

Balai Cerap Al-Biruni Negeri Sabah terletak di Tanjung Dumpil, Putatan kira-kira 15 Km dari Kota Kinabalu. Koordinat 05Β° 54′ 18.51” Utara, 116Β° 02′ 09.09″ Timur

Kota Kinabalu – Seramai 3 orang ahli Persatuan Astronomi Negara Brunei Darussalam (PABD) mengadakan program lawatan ke balai cerap Al-Biruni Negeri Sabah pada petang Sabtu, 25 Januari 2020.

Kedatangan peserta program lawatan tersebut telah disambut oleh Yang Berbahagia Sohibus Samahah Datuk Bungsu @ Aziz Jaafar, Mufti Negeri Sabah. Program lawatan telah memuatkan sesi taklimat ringkas mengenai pengenalan dan kemajuan balai cerap Al-Biruni yang terletak di Tanjung Dumpil, Putatan oleh Jabatan Mufti Negeri Sabah

Rombongan Persatuan Astronomi Negara Brunei Darussalam (PABD) berkesempatan bergambar bersama-sama Yang Berbahagia Sohibus Samahah Datuk Bungsu @ Aziz Jaafar, Mufti Negeri Sabah (3 dari kiri) bagi Cerapan Hilal Jamadilakhir 1441H di Balai Cerap Al Biruni, Putatan Sabah pada petang Sabtu, 25hb Januari 2020.
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Supermoon 2020 until 2030

A supermoon is a full moon or a new moon that nearly coincides with perigee (the closest that the Moon comes to the Earth in its elliptic orbit) resulting in a slightly larger-than-usual apparent size of the lunar disk as viewed from Earth. The astronomy term is a perigee syzygy (of the Earth–Moon–Sun system) or a full (or new) Moon around perigee.

Criteria of Supermoon

There are no official definition for a supermoon, as the term was mainly a related interest to astrology. Few criteria as follow:

  • Richard Nolle (2011) defines Supermoon as any lunation closer than 368,630 km.
  • Fred Espenak (2012) defines the Moon’s mean apogee and perigee distances results in a mean limiting distance of 367,607 km for a super moon.
  • Fergus Wood (1976) used the definition of a full or new moon occurring within 24 hours of perigee and also used the label perigee-syzygy.
  • Sky and Telescope magazine chose a definition of 223,000 miles (358,884 km)
  • TimeandDate.com prefers a definition of 360,000 km (223,694 mi).

You can find the full list of Supermoon / Perigee syzygy / Full Moon around perigee for year 2020 until 2030 below compiled and computed by Hazarry Hj Ali Ahmad, the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam, based on the above definitions. A logical check is also generated for the top 3 closest moon distance in that year. A personal opinion is to categories the Supermoon when at least 3 of the criterial searches were met.

PABD Eclipse Expedition Team Visits Brunei Consulate in Kuching Sarawak

Kuching – 11 members of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD) and family members received an invitation by the Consulate General of Brunei Darussalam in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia on Monday afternoon, 23 December 2019.

The annular solar eclipse expedition team in Kuching, Sarawak, was welcomed by Puan Yang Terutama Consul General Pengiran Hajah Krtini binti Pengiran Haji Tahir.

The team was briefed by the Consul General on the public engagement with the representative of the Brunei Government in a foreign town of Kuching.

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Siaran Akhbar: 100 000 Orang dari 110 Negara Memilih Nama Exoplanet Sempena Ulang Tahun IAU yang ke-100

Selasa, 17 Disember 2019
Disediakan oleh Nur Bazilah binti Zainal Abidin
Persatuan Astronomi Negara Brunei Darussalam selaku IAU National Outreach Coordinator

Paris – Sebanyak 110 pasangan nama exoplanet dan bintang induknya diberikan nama melalui kempen IAU100 NameExoWorlds telah diumumkan di sidang media di Paris pada 17 Disember 2019. Bersempena ulang tahun Kesatuan Astronomi Antarabangsa (IAU) yang ke-100 pada tahun ini, kempen di peringkat nasional telah dianjurkan di 110 negara yang melibatkan penyertaan lebih dari 780,000 orang di seluruh dunia, untuk mencadangkan dan memilih nama-nama bagi setiap exoplanet dan bintang induk negara masing-masing.

Projek IAU100 NameExoWorlds telah melihat penyertaan yang meluas dan besar-besaran di seluruh dunia untuk memberikan masyarakat umum peluang untuk mencadangkan nama-nama sistem exoplanet yang bermakna, kreatif dan unik bagi negara masing-masing. Penganjuran ini adalah kali yang kedua dalam sejarah di mana sebuah kempen telah menghasilkan penamaan bintang dan exoplanet. Pada keseluruhannya, sebanyak 360,000 cadangan nama telah diterima dari 110 negara. Penganjur program di setiap negara telah menyenarai pendekkan nama-nama yang dicadangkan, dan seterusnya dibukakan bagi pemilihan melalui undian kepada orang ramai. Seramai 420,000 orang telah mengundi calon-calon nama yang diberikan. Projek ini akan memberikan kesan yang berkekalan di mana nama-nama yang dipilih sebagai pemenang akan digunakan selari dengan tatanama saintifik yang sedia ada dengan penghargaan kepada individu, kumpulan ataupun institusi yang telah mencadangkan nama tersebut.

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