Bandar Seri Begawan – On Dec 26, 2019, an annular solar eclipse will occur from few cities in Borneo, on the narrow track of the Moon shadow. Yes you have you be along the eclipse path to witness this special kind of eclipse of the sun – and we will bring you there! The celestial alignment happens when the moon passes in front of the sun, but the orbit of the moon is a little further away from the Earth and the moon does not completely cover the sun.
It will be a very spectacular sight, when a “ring of fire” or annulus surrounds the sun at central eclipse. Watch a “string of beads” (Baily’s Beads Effect) on the edges of the sun during the beginning of annularity eclipse. As the horizon darkens to deeper blue than normal, observe the animals reacting to the dramatic changes in the sky. Look for the brightest planet, Venus, shining east of the sun at mid-eclipse. Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury are up there too, but they are fainter and so will be harder to see. This is a rare celestial event as the next annular eclipse will take place in Borneo in 2031.
The visible surface of the sun in a fiery ring around the moon can still blind you. So be sure to watch indirectly, or with special filters. Do not look at the sun directly without eye protection at any time during this eclipse. PABD will provide each member with an eclipse glass (included in your package) for this expedition.
By Hazarry bin Haji Ali Ahmad The Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam
Bandar Seri Begawan – A perfect alignment of the Earth-Moon-Sun bodies will occur on December 26, 2019, resulting in a spectacular annular solar eclipse visible in few cities of Saudi Arabia, India, Sri Lanka, Sumatra, Borneo and the Pacific Ocean .
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 Third (3rd) Annual General Meeting of Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD) will be held at 2 pm on Sunday 19th Safar 1440 / 28 October 2018 in Afiah Hotel, Kg. Kiulap, Bandar Seri Begawan.
Notice of the meeting and detailed agenda had been issued to all invited active members of PABD. All PABD members are urged to RSVP for the annual general meeting via www.bruneiastronomy.org/rsvp
Bandar Seri Begawan – People in this country will have a rare opportunity to watch an astronomical phenomenon, a total lunar eclipse, on the evening of this Saturday, April 4th, 2015.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth and being in the Earth’s dark shadow known as Umbra. Such occurrence is rare when the Sun, Earth and Moon are exactly aligned with the Earth being precisely in the middle.
This great natural phenomenon is also observed by many region around the globe such as Asia, Australia, Pacific, North and South America.
In Brunei, the lunar eclipse will be first observed after the moon rise at 6:22 pm. If the evening sky is clear, eclipse watchers will see the full moon is partially obscured by the Earth’s shadows.
The Astronomical society of Negara Brunei Darussalam recently held its 2nd annual general meet on Friday afternoon (30th March 2007) at the Jame Asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque.
The AGM was chaired by the President, Awang Mahadi. At the meet, the association’s executive committee presented the presidential, secretary’s and financial reports as well as discussing the activities planned for 2007.
Above: PABD Group photo.
Election of the working councils for the period of 2007-2009 was also held. The newly appointed executive committees are Haji Mahadi Haji Mohd Tahir (President), Ustaz Haji Johar Haji Mohamad (Vice President), Hazarry Haji Ali Ahmad (General Secretary), Haji Julaihi Haji Lamat (Vice Secretary I), Pengiran Shahdani Pengiran Anom (Vice Secretary II) and Dayangku Ratna Suria Pengiran Dato Haji Hamzad (Honarary Treasurer).
Five new committee members were also elected. They are Haji Mohd Azri bin Haji Awang Ibrahim, Ustaz Haji Abd Aziz bin Haji Akop, Dr Sallimah Haji Mohd Salled , Daud bin Jihan and Saiful Bahri Haji Ahmad.
Among the society’s objectives are to promote and encourage astronomy for Brunei and to channel information on issues relating to astronomy. Currently, the society offers membership for ordinary member and young astronomers and is open to residents of Brunei Darussalam.
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