Lunar Crescent Marathon

Here’s our cosmic idea for school holiday activities – Lunar Crescent Marathon!

Go out to look for the daily changing moon crescent in early morning, before sunrise, on May 27 until Jun 02 2019 for the Waning and Old Crescent in the Eastern sky. Continue your observation on evening of June 04 until June 10 2019, shortly after sunset, for the New and Waxing Crescent in the Western sky.

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NASA Invites Public to Submit Names to Fly Aboard Next Mars Rover

NASA – Although it will be years before the first humans set foot on Mars, NASA is giving the public an opportunity to send their names β€” stenciled on chips β€” to the Red Planet with NASA’s Mars 2020 rover, which represents the initial leg of humanity’s first round trip to another planet. The rover is scheduled to launch as early as July 2020, with the spacecraft expected to touch down on Mars in February 2021.

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Istiwa Adzam to check Kiblat on May 28

Bandar Seri Begawan – On May 28 every year, at 5:16 pm local Brunei time (09:16 UT), the sun will be precisely overhead (at Zenith) in Makkah and exactly above the Kaabah. At that instance, the Sun in other areas will be directly aligned to the direction of Kiblat.

This phenomenon known as istiwa adzam is useful as an easy Islamic astronomical method to determine the exact direction of prayers (Kiblat) where only half part of the world that receives the daylight can apply this method.

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PABD holds Practical Moon Sighting

Bandar Seri Begawan – Members of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam were at Bukit Agok, Tutong, for a practical session to look for the new crescent moon (hilal ~11 hour old) this evening of Sunday, May 5th in anticipation of the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.

Members had the opportunities to learn setting up telescopes properly, scopes alignment to the sun or other bright objects, photographing and tracking the new moon. The western sky was pretty clear at sunset, and a sunspot was also visible on the sun.

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Annular Solar Eclipse-Chasing Expedition from 23rd until 28th December 2019

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 β€œring 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.

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Catch the shooting stars at the Orionids Meteor Shower Camp on October 19

Bandar Seri Begawan – First time ever Meteor Shower observation in Brunei Darussalam! Capture the dazzling Orionid shooting stars on October 19, 2019 at Bintudoh Greenspring EcoResort, a rural dark site in Tutong. Astronomy enthusiasts are welcome to join, and to note that space available are limited – Book Now!

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International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition closes April 14, 2019

If you are a high-school or university student, The International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition  gives you the unique opportunity to unleash your science skills and to apply them to challenging problems. Participants receive certificates, awards, cash prizes, global recognition, and more!

Qualification Round has opened! Deadline: 14. April 2019 – Use your astronomy skills and participate to win cash prizes and certificates!
Participate Today: www.iaac.space

More info :
Jessilyn Teh Jing Ying
IAAC Ambassador (for Brunei) and Student Member of The Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam
jessilynteh@gmail.com or whasapp +673 890 6043

Supermoon, Full Moon & Equinox on March 20 and 21 2019

Supermoon, Full Moon, Equinox? Check out this space infographic below for explanation. Catch the ‘Super Equinox Full Moon’ visible the whole night from Brunei Darussalam on 20th (Wednesday) and 21st (Thursday) March 2019.

Supermoon occurs on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 2:37 am at its closest distance (Perigee) of 359 345 km to Earth.  The moon will be slightly bigger than a normal moon, but only by a few percents.

Spring Equinox occurs on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 5:59 am. The sun rises exactly due East and sets due West. Day and night have the same length.

Full Moon occurs on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 9:43 am.  On this day, Earth is between the moon and the sun, and the moon is visible during the whole night.