Lintasan Komet ATLAS Bakal Menghiasi Ramadan 1441H

Bandar Seri Begawan – Fenomena langit yang dihiasi dengan sebutir ”bintang berekor” atau komet akan berlaku dalam bulan Ramadan tahun ini. Komet ATLAS (C/2019 Y4) pada saat ini sedang bergerak melintasi alam semesta dan dalam perjalanan mendekati Matahari serta sangat terang untuk dilihat dari Bumi.

Mungkinkah ini adalah pemandangan langit selepas berbuka puasa yang bakal kita saksikan dari Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam, pada Khamis, 14 Mei 2020? (Gambar Hiasan)

Komet ini pertama kali ditemui oleh sekumpulan ahli astronomi daripada Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) di Hawaii pada 28 Disember 2019.

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Brunei’s No Shadow Day Moment on April 01, 2020

Bandar Seri Begawan – Vertical objects became shadow less at around mid-day today, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Brunei Darussalam. Cosmic observers tried out simple experiments by just placing sticks or cylindrical objects vertically on the ground under the sun as well as by observing surrounding environment for changes in the shadow.

Sekolah Rendah Ahmad Tajuddin students experiencing “no shadow” moment on April 01, 2020. Thank you Cikgu @hey.itsfae for sharing this fun activity.
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PABD is on Telegram App Channel

PABD is bringing astronomy closer to the general public. Due to massive response, we have setup a Telegram channel for instant communication & reaching out to a wider astronomy community in Brunei Darussalam.

Join our new friendliest online messaging platform with active PABD members on topics including current astronomy news, falak syarie, stargazing activities, astronomy beginners and tips, astrophotography and more!

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Venus-Pleiades Super-Close Conjunction 02-05 April 2020

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”.

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Potential Bright Naked Eye Comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) in Mid-May 2020?!

Bandar Seri Begawan – Comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) is peaking brightness as it close approaching to Earth on Sat May 23, 2020, about 0.25 AU from the Sun. It is readily visible from the Northern hemisphere

Currently in the constellation of Ursa Major, the comet is easily spotted (~magnitude 9.5) and appeared as a fuzzy ball in a small telescope despite of bright moonlit sky last night (Mac 12, 2020). No clear sign of a comet tail at the moment.

Tiny fuzzy ball in the sky (indicated by arrow) is visible in a small telescope. Image by Hazarry of PABD from Brunei Darussalam on March 12, 2020 at 23:00 (UTC+8)
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Telescopes For All Brunei Darussalam

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) in collaboration with Sterren Schitteren voor Iedereen (Stars Shine for Everyone – SSVI) & Leiden University/Universe Awareness (UNAWE) will distribute 12 telescopes to underserve communities around the world. These special telescopes were signed by astronauts and scientists including three Nobel Prize winners. It can be yours!

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Supermoons of 2020

The lunar orbit around Earth is elliptical. On average, the distance from Earth to the moon is about 384,400 km. At closest approach (perigee), the moon comes as close as 363,104 km. The farthest away (apogee) it gets is 405,696 km from Earth.

A “supermoon” takes place when a full moon or new moon comes within 90 percent of its closest distance with Earth.

In 2020, three full moon supermoons will occur on March 10 (351198.3 km), April 8 (350564.2 km) and May 7 (353753.9 km). At these instances, the moon will look brighter than ordinary full moons; and about 7% larger than the average-size full moon.

Additionally, three new moon supermoons in 2020 are on September 17 (368459.5 km), October 17 (363392.8 km) and November 15 (364146.4 km).