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).

Balai Cerap Al-Biruni Sabah Pemangkin Kemajuan Ilmu Falak Negeri Di Bawah Bayu

Balai Cerap Al-Biruni Negeri Sabah terletak di Tanjung Dumpil, Putatan kira-kira 15 Km dari Kota Kinabalu. Koordinat 05° 54′ 18.51” Utara, 116° 02′ 09.09″ Timur

Kota Kinabalu – Seramai 3 orang ahli Persatuan Astronomi Negara Brunei Darussalam (PABD) mengadakan program lawatan ke balai cerap Al-Biruni Negeri Sabah pada petang Sabtu, 25 Januari 2020.

Kedatangan peserta program lawatan tersebut telah disambut oleh Yang Berbahagia Sohibus Samahah Datuk Bungsu @ Aziz Jaafar, Mufti Negeri Sabah. Program lawatan telah memuatkan sesi taklimat ringkas mengenai pengenalan dan kemajuan balai cerap Al-Biruni yang terletak di Tanjung Dumpil, Putatan oleh Jabatan Mufti Negeri Sabah

Rombongan Persatuan Astronomi Negara Brunei Darussalam (PABD) berkesempatan bergambar bersama-sama Yang Berbahagia Sohibus Samahah Datuk Bungsu @ Aziz Jaafar, Mufti Negeri Sabah (3 dari kiri) bagi Cerapan Hilal Jamadilakhir 1441H di Balai Cerap Al Biruni, Putatan Sabah pada petang Sabtu, 25hb Januari 2020.
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Penumbral Lunar Eclipse on January 11, 2020

Bandar Seri Begawan – A penumbral eclipse of the moon will take place on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at pre-dawn hours, from 1.09 a.m. until 5.11 a.m in Brunei Darussalam.  The first eclipse of 2020 is also visible from the geographic regions of Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

There are three categories of lunar eclipse: total, partial and penumbral. In a penumbral lunar eclipse, only the faint or diffuse outer shadow of Earth (known as penumbra) falls on the moon’s face. This kind of lunar eclipse is much more subtle, and much more difficult to observe, than either a total or partial eclipse of the moon. There is never a dramatic darkening of the moon, as in when the Earth’s darkest shadow (umbra) moves over the Moon during a partial lunar eclipse.

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Live Stream: Watch the Annular Solar Eclipse Online Here

Here are the compiled lists of live online streaming video to enjoy the spectacular December 26, 2019 “ring of fire” solar eclipse live streaming from around the annularity pathway. More sites will be added soon.

Area of Annular Solar Eclipse Time Starts of BroadcastURL Link
Sri Lanka by Institute of Astronomy Sri LankaDecember 26, 2019
9.30 am (UTC+8)
youtu.be/4OwDo4SAjCg
Batam, Indonesia by Saizwagazer AstronomyDecember 26, 2019
10:00 am (UTC+8)
fb.com/DrSairin
Abu Dhabi, UAE by the International Astronomy CentreDecember 26, 2019
10:30 am (UTC+8)
youtube.com/watch?v=tQqnyRi9NxU
Saudi Arabia by the Astronomy Department in King Abdulaziz UniversityDecember 26, 2019
11:15 am (UTC+8)
youtube.com/watch?v=eK_xuZdQtjo
Sri Aman, Sarawak, Malaysia
by the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam
December 26, 2019
11:30 am (UTC+8)
fb.com/bruneiastronomy

PABD Eclipse Expedition Team Visits Brunei Consulate in Kuching Sarawak

Kuching – 11 members of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD) and family members received an invitation by the Consulate General of Brunei Darussalam in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia on Monday afternoon, 23 December 2019.

The annular solar eclipse expedition team in Kuching, Sarawak, was welcomed by Puan Yang Terutama Consul General Pengiran Hajah Krtini binti Pengiran Haji Tahir.

The team was briefed by the Consul General on the public engagement with the representative of the Brunei Government in a foreign town of Kuching.

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Siaran Akhbar: 100 000 Orang dari 110 Negara Memilih Nama Exoplanet Sempena Ulang Tahun IAU yang ke-100

Selasa, 17 Disember 2019
Disediakan oleh Nur Bazilah binti Zainal Abidin
Persatuan Astronomi Negara Brunei Darussalam selaku IAU National Outreach Coordinator

Paris – Sebanyak 110 pasangan nama exoplanet dan bintang induknya diberikan nama melalui kempen IAU100 NameExoWorlds telah diumumkan di sidang media di Paris pada 17 Disember 2019. Bersempena ulang tahun Kesatuan Astronomi Antarabangsa (IAU) yang ke-100 pada tahun ini, kempen di peringkat nasional telah dianjurkan di 110 negara yang melibatkan penyertaan lebih dari 780,000 orang di seluruh dunia, untuk mencadangkan dan memilih nama-nama bagi setiap exoplanet dan bintang induk negara masing-masing.

Projek IAU100 NameExoWorlds telah melihat penyertaan yang meluas dan besar-besaran di seluruh dunia untuk memberikan masyarakat umum peluang untuk mencadangkan nama-nama sistem exoplanet yang bermakna, kreatif dan unik bagi negara masing-masing. Penganjuran ini adalah kali yang kedua dalam sejarah di mana sebuah kempen telah menghasilkan penamaan bintang dan exoplanet. Pada keseluruhannya, sebanyak 360,000 cadangan nama telah diterima dari 110 negara. Penganjur program di setiap negara telah menyenarai pendekkan nama-nama yang dicadangkan, dan seterusnya dibukakan bagi pemilihan melalui undian kepada orang ramai. Seramai 420,000 orang telah mengundi calon-calon nama yang diberikan. Projek ini akan memberikan kesan yang berkekalan di mana nama-nama yang dipilih sebagai pemenang akan digunakan selari dengan tatanama saintifik yang sedia ada dengan penghargaan kepada individu, kumpulan ataupun institusi yang telah mencadangkan nama tersebut.

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Press Release: 100 000s of People from 110+ Countries Select Names for Exoplanet Systems In Celebration of IAU’s 100th Anniversary

By the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam

Paris – More than 110 sets of names of exoplanets and host stars named in the IAU100 NameExoWorlds campaigns were announced at a press conference in Paris (France) on 17 December 2019. Within the framework of the International Astronomical Union’s 100th anniversary commemorations (IAU100) in 2019, more than 110 countries organised national campaigns that stimulated the direct participation of over 780 000 people worldwide, who proposed and selected names for each exoplanet and its host star. 

The IAU100 NameExoWorlds project saw massive and widespread participation around the world, as the public eagerly engaged in this exciting opportunity to suggest meaningful, creative and unique names for exoplanet systems for their respective countries. This is only the second time in history that a campaign has led to the naming of stars and exoplanets. Overall, 360 000 proposals for names were received from 110+ countries. The National Committee in each country reduced their proposals to a shortlist of national candidates, which were presented to the public for their votes. A total of 420 000 people voted for their preferred candidates. This project will have a lasting impact, as the winning names will be used in parallel with the existing scientific nomenclature, credited to the person, group or institution that suggested them.

“Astronomical observations over the past generation have now discovered over 4000 planets orbiting other stars — called exoplanets. The number of discoveries continues to double about every 2½ years, revealing remarkable new planet populations and putting our own Earth and Solar System in perspective. Statistically, most of the stars in the sky are likely to be orbited by their own planets — they are everywhere,” said Eric Mamajek, co-chair of the NameExoWorlds Steering Committee. “While astronomers catalogue their new discoveries using telephone-number-like designations, there has been growing interest amongst astronomers and the public alike in also assigning proper names, as is done for Solar System bodies,” Mamajek continued. 

Official NameExoWorlds result for Brunei Darussalam
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