Live: Tracking China’s Long March 5B Rocket

Latest Updates CZ-5B (Long March 5B) Rocket Reentry

Visual of reentry over Jordan at 0211UTC (10:11 am Brunei):

Confirmed Crash site , Indian Ocean

The reentry window is from 09:00 am until 11:00 am (Brunei Time) on 09 May 2021. Here are some sites which monitor the deorbiting Long March 5B rocket body:

Updated for 09 May 2021 02:11 (UTC) ± 60 minutes reentry. 90% of this ground track is over ocean. (Source: Space-track.org). Note: Possible reentry locations lie anywhere along the ground track.
SourcePredicted Reentry TimeImpact Location
N2yo.comN/A (Live Tracking only)N/A
Orbit.ing-now.com08 May 2021 01:00 – 09 May 2021 19:00 (UTC)
08 May 2021 09:00 – 10 May 2021 04:00 (Brunei)
Uncertain
Aerospace.org09 May 2021 03:02 UTC ± 2 hours
09 May 2021 11:02 (Brunei) ± 2 hours
Uncertain
Space-track.org09 May 2021 02:11 (UTC) ± 60 minutes
09 May 2021 10:11 (Brunei) ± 60 minutes
Projected
latitude 35.9
longitude 24.4
(Mediterranean Basin)
EU SST09 May 2021 02:32 (UTC) ±139 minutes
09 May 2021 10:32 (Brunei) ±139 minutes
Uncertain
CelesTrakLive Reentry TrackingPredicted
North Atlantic or Indian Ocean
Updated on 09 May 2021 at 09:00 (Brunei) | Precise location will be determined only AFTER it has already landed | www.bruneiastronomy.org

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2021 May 26 Total Lunar Eclipse from Brunei

20180131 Total Lunar Eclipse at 21:01
A Total Lunar Eclipse on January 31, 2018 at 21:01 (The Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam)

Bandar Seri Begawan – People in this country will have a rare opportunity to watch an astronomical phenomenon, a total lunar eclipse, on the evening of Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

It will be the first total lunar eclipse since the July 2018 total eclipse in Brunei.

The Total Lunar Eclipse of 2021 May 26 is visible from regions in eastern Asia, Australia, Pacific, Americas (Source: NASA)
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A rare Mars occultation in Brunei skies

April 18, 2021
Hakim Hayat | Borneo Bulletin

Clear skies in Brunei last night allowed for the easy viewing of a rare Mars occultation in its skies, where the Red Planet disappeared behind the crescent moon.

The phenomenon that happened for about 10 seconds at 9.29pm saw the moon passing in front of Mars creating a lunar occultation visible only from a small region of central Asia including Brunei.

Over 20 members of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD), armed with telescopes, binoculars and cameras took part in a viewing at the beach front of The Empire Brunei in Jerudong last night.

Photo shows a rare Mars occultation visible in the Brunei sky last night where the Red Planet disappeared behind the crescent moon. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD HIDAYATULLAH AHMAD, PABD

According to executive committee member of PABD Nurbazilah binti Zainal Abidin, the phenomenon is rare because it will only be visible in Brunei in the next 77 years.

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Rare Mars Occultation on Apr 17, 2021

Bandar Seri Begawan – Given clear skies, stargazers in Brunei can watch the red planet Mars disappear behind the crescent moon on Saturday night, April 17, 2021.

Watch Mars disappear behind the moon on Saturday, April 17, 2021

The Moon will pass in front of Mars, creating a lunar occultation visible from only small region of central Asia including Brunei Darussalam.

An occultation is an astronomical phenomenon when one object is obscured by another object that passes between it and the observer.

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Press Release: Telescopes For All Brunei Darussalam 2021

You can have this special Telescope for free! The Telescopes for All project distributes telescopes signed by astronauts and scientists, including Nobel Prize winners, to underserved communities around the world. The project aims to broaden the horizons of children, adults and educators while sparking an interest in science and raising awareness for equal opportunities in pursuing careers in astronomy.

More info: www.bruneiastronomy.org/telescopes4all

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2021 Lyrids Meteor Shower Camp

It Will Rain Stars! Join us for these fun stargazing & enjoy camping under the stars in the suburban dark skies which offer a great view of our Milky Way Galaxy, and featuring the most wonderful night in Ramadan to catch the Lyrids Meteor Shower.

📅Thursday, 22nd April 2021 / 10 Ramadan 1442H
🕖2.00 pm – 10.00 am
📍Bintudoh Greenspring Resort, Kg. Bang Nukat. Spg 113, Jalan Kg. Menengah-Bukit Sulang Tutong
💲BND 15 per pax (Limited participants)

More info: www.bruneiastronomy.org/meteorcamp

Reservation/Accommodation & Payment: +673 8899674 / WhatsApp / 2260122 (Mr Susis)

2021 Mar 02 Mars Closes the Pleiades Star Cluster

Bandar Seri Begawan – A beautiful celestial parings of Mars closes approach with the Pleiades star cluster is set for this week.

The famous star cluster, also known as “Bintang Tujuh”, is a group of about 800 stars located 410 light-years away in the constellation Taurus.

A spectacular view of Mars embraces the Seven Sisters Star Cluster. Photographed by Hj Md Azri bin Haji Ibrahim, PABD

Look Northwest at dusk and throughout the evening to see the cosmic duo progress to setting in the West (at around 10.30 pm Brunei Time).

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PABD Investigates Daytime Shooting Star

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.

Group photo of Jimny Sierra Brunei Community with PABD team at the location of meteor sighting during the investigation

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.

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