by Hazarry bin Haji Ali Ahmad, The Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam
Updated Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Two of the gaseous giants, Saturn and Jupiter, continue to pass each other in the evening sky this week. The angular separation of the planets will steadily increase in the next few days, and both of the planets will hang just above the western horizon in the twilight sky.
Today the sky was pretty clear to catch the post great conjunction moment from Brunei Darussalam Live stream video of the cosmic event can be found www.bruneiastronomy.org/youtube
Bandar Seri Begawan – There’s a beautiful cosmic pairing – the waning crescent moon and dazzling planet Venus – in the early-morning sky on Sunday, December 13, 2020. Enjoy these photos from members of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam.
Catch the special cosmic merging of a planet and a stellar star this weekend!
Bandar Seri Begawan – On the early mornings of October 2, 3 and 4, brilliant Venus and the bright star Regulus will appear near one another in the east before sunrise. Venus will appear about a degree above Regulus on October 2, and below Regulus on October 4. The amazing duo should appear in the same field of view in binoculars.
Bandar Seri Begawan – Not to be missed cosmic event this year, the brilliant Venus will glide past the sparkling Pleiades star cluster on April 02 until April 05, 2020 at dusk from Brunei Darussalam.
The Pleiades (M45) is
the most famous of all open cluster and very rich with more than 1000 stars. At
least 7 prominent stars in the cluster are easily visible, hence this jewel is
nicknamed as the “Seven Sisters”.
Bandar Seri Begawan – Look west in twilight on February 20 and 21 as two planets, Venus and Mars, appear close one another in the sky and will be accompanied by the thin moon crescent. The celestial phenomena known as conjunctions occur when celestial bodies have the same right ascension or the same ecliptic longitude as seen from the Earth. While it would be very low in the twilight sky, it might be an interesting photo opportunity. Venus will be shining bright in the west after sunset and sky gazers can locate Mars as they are separated within 1 degree apart. If the weather cooperates, it could be a spectacular image.
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.