Bandar Seri Begawan – The Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam organized a solar observation to promote astronomy and educate members of the public on Tuesday (11 September 2018) morning.

Astronomy enthusiasts gathered at the car park of the International Convention Centre in Berakas from 10 am to 1 p.m.Β  to view the Sun through solar filters. The event was the first time in Brunei being organized for the public that employed the use of a special Hydrogen Alpha-telescope, which makes solar prominences and flares observable.

The observation was jointly organised by Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali’sΒ  (UNISSA) Faculty of Islamic Development Management and Leadership and Lifelong Learning Centre, as part of the convocation festival aimed at enlivening the annual 8th UNISSA Hafl Al-Takharruj ceremony to celebrate the students who will be completing their studies at UNISSA.


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Dozens turn up for solar observation

September 12, 2018
| Wani Roslan |

A SOLAR observation was yesterday held at the parking lot of the International Convention Centre (ICC) parking lot as part of activities to enliven the 8th Mahrajan Hafl Al-Takharruj of Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA).

The event was held in collaboration with the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam.
Two special telescopes with solar filters and hydrogen alpha filters were used to observe the sun and moon safely.

Speaking to the Bulletin, General Secretary of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam Hazarry Ali Ahmad explained that the event was held to provide the public the opportunity to safely observe the sun and moon.
β€œWe are using the Hydrogen Alpha filter for the first time in Brunei Darussalam. We are aligning our objectives to provide an outreach programme to the public to increase our knowledge on astronomy, including Islamic astronomy,” he said.

Dozens had turned up for the 10am-2pm event.

Children observing the sun’s solar flares. – RAHWANI ZAHARI

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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