Bandar Seri Begawan – The Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD) hosted an Astronomy Talk and Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration on Friday, June 28, 2019.
The event was organized to gather members of the association to foster a stronger sense of camaraderie amongst members as well as providing opportunity to engage partnership from the government agencies.
Present at the event was YM Awg Haji Mahadi bin Haji Mohd Tahir, PABD President as the guest of honour. The event was attended by the invited strategic partners from several government agencies such as from Science Technology and Environment Partnership (STEP) Centre, Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) and Mahkamah Syariah as well as members of the PABD and astronomy enthusiasts of the public members.
An astronomy talk was delivered by Md Qawiem bin Hj Md Jamil, Executive Member of PABD entitled “Why Astronomy? The societal impacts of uncovering the mysteries of the universe”. The presentation covered exploring the potential benefits and impacts of astronomy in hope of leading to more awareness and a change in public perception on this subject for the better.
Concurrently, a meeting was held to discuss the preparation of upcoming events; the 17 July 2019 Partial Lunar Eclipse observation and implementation of major astronomical activities such as Orionids Meteor Shower camping in October and Annular Solar Eclipse expedition to Kuching in December.
The mission of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam is to encourage and support programs on astronomy (including Falak Syarie) and related sciences for the education and enlightenment of the general public. Information on the association’s activities are available via www.bruneiastronomy.org