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.
Currently, there are two key sources of evidence based on two dashcam-footage that accidentally caught the meteor at the same time – 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.
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.
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.
International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is a time to come together with fellow Moon enthusiasts and curious people worldwide. Everyone on Earth is invited to learn about lunar science and exploration, take part in celestial observations, and honor cultural and personal connections to the Moon.
Brunei Darussalam joined it’s first global InOMN moon observation which was organised by the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam and Warisan Puk Balaban management on September 26, 2020. More than 100 lunar observers participated in the public outreach event at Warisan Puk Balaban in Tutong. Here are some of the scenes in action at InOMN.
The history of the lunar Islamic calendar began with the Hijrah of the Prophet Muhmmad S.A.W.
New Moon (Ijtimak)
19 Aug 2020, 10:41
26 Aug 01:57
2 Sep 13:22
10 Sep 17:25
17 Sep +1 19:00
24 Sep 09:54
2 Oct 05:05
10 Oct 08:39
17 Oct 03:31
23 Oct 21:22
31 Oct 22:49
8 Nov 21:46
15 Nov +1 13:07
22 Nov 12:45
30 Nov 17:29
8 Dec 08:36
15 Dec 00:16
22 Dec 07:41
30 Dec 11:28
6 Jan 2021, 17:37
13 Jan +1 13:00
21 Jan 05:01
29 Jan 03:16
5 Feb 01:37
12 Feb 03:05
20 Feb 02:47
27 Feb 16:17
6 Mar 09:30
13 Mar +1 18:21
21 Mar 22:40
29 Mar 02:48
4 Apr 18:02
12 Apr 10:30
20 Apr 14:58
27 Apr S 11:31
4 May 03:50
12 May 02:59
20 May 03:12
26 May S 19:13
2 Jun 15:24
10 Jun +1 18:52
18 Jun 11:54
25 Jun S 02:39
2 Jul 05:10
10 Jul 09:16
17 Jul 18:10
24 Jul 10:36
31 Jul 21:15
Table shows the starting date of the Islamic day (at sunset) which commences nearly after the birth of the new lunar cycle. Traditionally, sighting of the new moon crescent marks the end of the month. Date and time of the moon phases are given in Brunei local time. +1 Start of Islamic month on the next day Lunar Eclipse S Supermoon
The Islamic Hijri calendar is tied to the lunar phase cycle, with each month alternatively having either 29 or 30 days. Based on a year of 12 months, each month beginning approximately at the time of the New Moon (Ijtimak).
Bandar Seri Begawan – Members of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD) have caught glimpse of shooting stars in the night skies above the Temburong, despite of the clouds, as the annual Perseids meteor shower intensified last night, August 12, 2020.
Our Solar System is located in a barred spiral galaxy. If you look to the centre of the galaxy (top left of the above picture), you will find a higher density of stars and gas clouds, which is called the galactic core. You can see this galactic core and milky way even with the naked eye if you are in a dark enough place. It looks like a starry faint, milky band in the sky.
First and foremost, congratulations to the Brunei Government, especially the Brunei Climate Change Secretariat (BCCS) for issuing the Brunei Darussalam National Climate Change Policy (BNCCP) recently. We look forward to the Policy as an opportunity to explore further tactics to recover our natural surroundings.
Currently, Comet NEOWISE has generated a lot of public interest, as it is the brightest comet since 1997.
However, watching this supposedly “bright” comet – or stargazing in general – is a real challenge in the country.
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?
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.
Due to the recent outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD) has postponed most of our public engagement activities such as stargazing, new moon observation etc. until further notice and focus on implementing Astronomy at Home or in a small group activity. This is in view of prevention and to control the spread of the infection in Brunei Darussalam.