Rare Mars Occultation on Apr 17, 2021

Bandar Seri Begawan – Given clear skies, stargazers in Brunei can watch the red planet Mars disappear behind the crescent moon on Saturday night, April 17, 2021.

Watch Mars disappear behind the moon on Saturday, April 17, 2021

The Moon will pass in front of Mars, creating a lunar occultation visible from only small region of central Asia including Brunei Darussalam.

An occultation is an astronomical phenomenon when one object is obscured by another object that passes between it and the observer.

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Press Release: Telescopes For All Brunei Darussalam 2021

You can have this special Telescope for free! The Telescopes for All project distributes telescopes signed by astronauts and scientists, including Nobel Prize winners, to underserved communities around the world. The project aims to broaden the horizons of children, adults and educators while sparking an interest in science and raising awareness for equal opportunities in pursuing careers in astronomy.

More info: www.bruneiastronomy.org/telescopes4all

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PABD Investigates Daytime Shooting Star

By Hazarry bin Haji Ali Ahmad, Haji Md Azri bin Haji Ibrahim & Husaini bin Ali Hassan,
The Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam

Bandar Seri Begawan – The Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD) is still investigating after sightings of a mysterious fireball accompanied with a loud bang was reported falling to earth in broad daylight last week, January 31, 2021.

On Sunday (February 7, 2021), a team of members of the PABD conducted further examination at the locations based on firsthand sighting video and photograph of the meteor event.

PABD is also working closely with the Sabah Stargazers with the support by a group of 4×4 off-road enthusiasts known as Jimmy Sierra Brunei Community by exchanging information on the coordinates in the sky of the reported meteor.

Group photo of Jimny Sierra Brunei Community with PABD team at the location of meteor sighting during the investigation

Currently, there are two key sources of evidence based on two dashcam-footage that accidentally caught the meteor at the same time โ€“ from Kampong Kulapis, Brunei Darussalam and Penampang, Sabah. These useful information were solid proof to determine the approximate physical characteristics of the meteor and its location, which were later triangulated by statistics from another eyewitness.

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Jangan Sebar! Video Tular Bukan Meteor di Brunei

Kenyataan Media
19 Jamadilakhir 1442H / 02 Februari 2021

Video tular di atas BUKAN kejadian di Brunei Darussalam, tetapi pernah dimuatnaik di laman Youtube empat tahun yang lalu.

Media rilis oleh Persatuan Astronomi Negara Brunei Darussalam (PABD) berserta gambar & video daripada para saksi berkaitan fenomena meteor dari negara ini pada 31 Januari 2021 boleh didapati di laman web rasmi www.bruneiastronomy.org

Orang ramai yang telah menyaksikan fenomena meteor besar (fireball) atau mempunyai rakaman visual mengenainya bolehlah melaporkan kepada International Meteor Organisation (fireballs.imo.net) serta agensi angkasa/astronomi berkenaan bagi penyelidikan lanjut. [bagi saksi di Malaysia bolehlah menghubungi Agensi Angkasa Malaysia MYSA www.mysa.gov.my dan/atau Sabah Stargazer fb.com/SabahStargazers]

-TAMAT-

Exploded Fireball thrills Brunei

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

Bandar Seri Begawan – A huge fireball boomed over the Brunei skies and was bright enough to be seen in the daylight today, January 31, 2021.

The Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD) had received numerous reports by the public who had heard a mysterious loud bang in the sky and put up a notice seeking for first-hand eyewitness accounts.

Photo: Haziq from Sengkurong eyewitnessed the blazing meteor and photographed the smoky trail with a โ€œring smokeโ€ (circled in green) which only last for few seconds before finally disappeared.

Dozens of people sighting the spectacular phenomenon of a roaring sound from a disintegrated meteor based on eyewitness testimonies. The large boom that was heard and felt from across all districts in Brunei.

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Press Release: PABD holds Inaugural Appreciation Ceremony & 4th AGM

by Dr Roslynna Rosli & Norjannah Mahmud. Members of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD)

PABD Group photo with the Honorary Advisors and the newly elected Executive members at the 4th AGM

Bandar Seri Begawan – Persatuan Astronomi Negara Brunei Darussalam (PABD) held its 4th Annual General Meeting (AGM) yesterday at the Higher Hotel, Kiulap on Sunday afternoon, January 10, 2021.

Present during the AGM were advisors to PABD, Yang Arif Awang Hj Johar bin Hj Mohammad, Judge of the Syarie Court and Dr Haji Norarfan bin Hj Zainal, Rector UNISSA. Also present were about 40 members of PABD and members of the public.

The ceremony began with the welcoming speech by Yang Di Pertua PABD, Awang Hj Mahadi bin Hj Md Tahir. The AGM was then officiated by Yang Arif Awang Hj Johar bin Hj Mohammad, one of the Advisor Board members of PABD.

2021/2022 Executive Committee of PABD
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Mesyuarat Agung Tahunan PABD Kali Ke-4 Tahun 2021 pada 10 Januari 2021

Dengan ini sukacita dimaklumkan bahawa Mesyuarat Agung Tahunan Persatuan Astronomi Negara Brunei Darussalam (PABD) kali ke-4 akan bersidangan sepertimana berikut:

Hari / Tarikh: Hari Ahad, 26 Jamadilawal 1442H bersamaan 10 Januari 2021
Jam: 3.15 pm – 5.30 pm

Tempat: Tingkat 2, Higher Hotel
(Spg 88-4, Jalan Jameโ€™Asr, Kampong Kiulap, Gadong B, BE1518, Brunei Darussalam)

Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/sDCLABY3XcNsXN9x9

RSVP (Hadir atau Tidak): www.bruneiastronomy.org/rsvp

Basement Parking: FREE

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Press Release: Brunei Darussalam Receives Telescopes for All Award by IAU

IAU.org – 17 communities of underrepresented groups around the world have been selected to receive telescopes signed by astronauts and Nobel Laureates. This is the first group of telescopes to be distributed by the Telescopes for All: Inspiring Stars & Stars Shine for Everyone Collaboration.

Winning proposal of “Making Space for All – MASA” by Nur Bazilah binti Zainal Abidin, member of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam, won the Telescopes for All award by the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

Telescopes for All is a collaboration between the International Astronomical Union Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO), Stars Shine for Everyone (Sterren Schitteren voor Iedereen, SSVI) and Universe Awareness/University of Leiden. The programme seeks to broaden the horizons of children, parents and educators alike, to spark an interest in science, and to promote equal opportunities for pursuing a career in astronomy. The Telescopes for All programme is one of the legacy actions arising from the IAU100 celebrations and follows the successful collaboration in 2019. The 17 telescopes were donated by BRESSER.

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