2020 Sep 26 International Observe the Moon Night 2020

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.

Past first quarter moon from Warisan Puk Balaban, Brunei Darussalam on Sep 26, 2020 (Photo by @je0nflwr)
Touch the Moon activity at InOMN Brunei Darussalamn
International Observe the Moon Night 2020 coverage by Radio Television Brunei.

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.

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Luni Hijrah 1442 Calendar

The history of the lunar Islamic calendar began with the Hijrah of the Prophet Muhmmad S.A.W.

1442HNew Moon (Ijtimak)First QuarterFull MoonLast Quarter
Muharram19 Aug 2020, 10:4126 Aug 01:572 Sep 13:2210 Sep 17:25
Safar17 Sep +1 19:0024 Sep 09:542 Oct 05:0510 Oct 08:39
Rabiulawal17 Oct 03:3123 Oct 21:2231 Oct 22:498 Nov 21:46
Rabiulakhir15 Nov +1 13:0722 Nov 12:4530 Nov 17:298 Dec 08:36
Jamadilawal15 Dec 00:1622 Dec 07:4130 Dec 11:286 Jan 2021, 17:37
Jamadilakhir13 Jan +1 13:0021 Jan 05:0129 Jan 03:165 Feb 01:37
Rejab12 Feb 03:0520 Feb 02:4727 Feb 16:176 Mar 09:30
Syaaban13 Mar +1 18:2121 Mar 22:4029 Mar 02:484 Apr 18:02
Ramadan12 Apr 10:3020 Apr 14:5827 Apr S 11:314 May 03:50
Syawal12 May 02:5920 May 03:1226 May žS 19:132 Jun 15:24
Zulkaedah10 Jun +1 18:5218 Jun 11:5425 Jun S 02:392 Jul 05:10
Zulhijjah10 Jul 09:1617 Jul 18:1024 Jul 10:3631 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.
+1Β  Start of Islamic month on the next day
ž Lunar Eclipse
SΒ  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).

Salam Maal Hijrah 1442H.

When is the Best Time to See the Milky Way from Brunei?

Mr Yong Kim Sin photographed the starry Milky Way last night, August 8, 2020, at around 9:15 pm above Luagan Lalak, Labi in Belait, Brunei Darussalam. (Fujifilm X-H1 10mm f4.0 ISO 3200 60sec)

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.

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A call to preserve Brunei’s dark sky

Borneo Bulletin’s Opinion page
August 1, 2020

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 β€œbright” comet – or stargazing in general – is a real challenge in the country.

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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?
  • Tidak 80%, 213 votes
    213 votes 80%
    213 votes - 80% of all votes
  • Ya 20%, 52 votes
    52 votes 20%
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April 13, 2020 - July 5, 2020
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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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Press Release: Brunei gets to name a planet and a star

Above: An exoplanet HD 179949b is a gas giant planet, a planetary system discovered in 2000 is assigned by the International Astronomical Union to be given a proper name by Brunei Darussalam (Source: International Astronomical Union)

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.

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Half-Blood Moon across Brunei on 17 July 2019

Bandar Seri Begawan – Curiosity and awe have greeted a partial lunar eclipse at pre-dawn hours of July 17, 2019. Here are some of the eclipse moment photographed around Brunei Darussalam.

The following pictures were taken at Panaga Beach , during lunar eclipse on Wednesday 17th between 3.15 and 5:30 am by Rolando Fidel Pinto. Gear used DSLR Pentax K1 with Pentax 1.4x HD PENTAX-DA AF Rear Converter AW and Pentax HD DA 560mm ED AW F5.6 ED AW Lens, which delivers a total focal length of 784mm. Tripod used is a Velbo Pro Geo V630 with a  Jobu Design Gimbal Head  DMG-HD4

Kajiselidik Kursus Sijil Falak UNISSA

Pusat Kepimpinan dan Pembelajaran Sepanjang Hayat, Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) sedang menjalankan kajiselidik yang bertujuan untuk mengenalpasti keperluan dan permintaan orang ramai terhadap kursus Sijil Falak Syari’e.

Oleh yang demikian, dipohonkan kerjasama orang ramai untuk menjawab kajiselidik tersebut dengan menekan link di bawah:

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Setiap maklumat/butiran yang diberikan adalah SULIT dan akan dirahsiakan serta digunakan untuk tujuan kajian sahaja.

Sebarang pertanyaan dan maklumbalas, bolehlah menghubungi:
Pusat Kepimpinan dan Pembelajaran Sepanjang Hayat
Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali
No telefon (Office): 246 2000 sambungan 202/204
No telefon bimbit: +673 8254 374
Email: C4L@unissa.edu.bn

2019 Dec 26 Annular Solar Eclipse: ‘Ring of Fire’ in Borneo, Brunei will see partial eclipse

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 .

Partial Eclipse from Brunei Darussalam

As seen from a location on Earth, a solar eclipse happens when the moon moves in front of the Sun thus block the Solar disk. It is a miss, as people in Brunei will only see a partial eclipse with 85.8% obscuration of the Sun by the Moon. A simulation of the partial Solar Eclipse as seen from Brunei during mid-day is shown in the video below.

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