Bandar Seri Begawan – On Dec 26, 2019, an annular solar eclipse will occur from few cities in Borneo, on the narrow track of the Moon shadow. Yes you have you be along the eclipse path to witness this special kind of eclipse of the sun – and we will bring you there! The celestial alignment happens when the moon passes in front of the sun, but the orbit of the moon is a little further away from the Earth and the moon does not completely cover the sun.
It will be a very spectacular sight, when a “ring of fire” or annulus surrounds the sun at central eclipse. Watch a “string of beads” (Baily’s Beads Effect) on the edges of the sun during the beginning of annularity eclipse. As the horizon darkens to deeper blue than normal, observe the animals reacting to the dramatic changes in the sky. Look for the brightest planet, Venus, shining east of the sun at mid-eclipse. Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury are up there too, but they are fainter and so will be harder to see. This is a rare celestial event as the next annular eclipse will take place in Borneo in 2031.
The visible surface of the sun in a fiery ring around the moon can still blind you. So be sure to watch indirectly, or with special filters. Do not look at the sun directly without eye protection at any time during this eclipse. PABD will provide each member with an eclipse glass (included in your package) for this expedition.
Join the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD) for this exclusive 6-days Ring of Fire Expedition in Kuching from December 23 until 28, 2019 to witness the annular eclipse of the sun. An annular solar eclipse is in itself special, but to possibly experience it is truly a once-in-a-lifetime event.
Day 1 (23rd Dec 2019): Depart to Kuching City
Day 2 (24th Dec 2019): Free and Easy / Optional visit to Sultan Iskandar Planetarium
Day 3 (25th Dec 2019): Transfer to observation site
Day 4 (26th Dec 2019): Annular Solar Eclipse observation
Day 5 (27th Dec 2019): Transfer to Kuching City
Day 6 (28th Dec 2019): Depart to Brunei Darussalam
Freme Services Sdn Bhd (https://www.freme.com/) will provide a special “Ring of Fire” Adventure package rate which includes return flight, hotels & transport:
◽ADULT TWIN: FROM BND778 @ PER PERSON
◽SINGLE: FROM @ BND970
(Terms & Condition Apply)
FREME TRAVEL SERVICES SDN BHD: Phone: +6732234874 / 75 / 76
PABD also organizes this expedition on road from Bandar Seri Begawan to Kuching as another options at a lower cost (~BND200 for transport only).
Members will be provided with a solar glasses (included in the registration fee). Extra eclipse glasses can be purchased separately at B$4 per piece from PABD.
For members who are seriously considering to join our once-a-lifetime adventure, reach PABD Eclipse-Chasing Expedition Group WhatsApp for further inquiry, plan and details of the programme: http://www.bruneiastronomy.org/expedition
UPDATES FROM THE ORGANISER
UPDATE MAY 15 (Countdown 225 days): REGISTRATION OPENS
Thanks for your interest to join our eclipse expedition. Whatsapp group
http://www.bruneiastronomy.org/expedition for members who are seriously joining the expedition for our planning, discussion and updates. For details of the programme please contact PABD: Husaini +6738158392 or Hazarry +6738820277
*Transport options: *
[By Flight ✈] For payment and details of flight, hotels and transportation or contact +6732234874, please visit Freme travel agent BSB. Download itineraries at www.bruneiastronomy.org/kch2019
[By Road 🚌] PABD will rent a van ~ BND$200 per person (excluding hotel) payable to PABD.
[Drive your own 🚗] Meet and join our eclipse observation at Sri Aman.
Register Now: http://www.bruneiastronomy.org/expedition