by Hazarry bin Haji Ali Ahmad, The Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam
Updated Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Two of the gaseous giants, Saturn and Jupiter, continue to pass each other in the evening sky this week. The angular separation of the planets will steadily increase in the next few days, and both of the planets will hang just above the western horizon in the twilight sky.
Today the sky was pretty clear to catch the post great conjunction moment from Brunei Darussalam Live stream video of the cosmic event can be found www.bruneiastronomy.org/youtube
Monday, December 21, 2020: The Great Conjunction
It was a cloudy day in most areas of Brunei Darussalam. Unfortunately, clouds has blocked skywatchers’ from viewing the celestial phenomenon in Brunei.
The Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam conducted the planetary alignment at 3 observation sites – Keriam, Pantai Jerudong & Penaga. Live streaming of the event can be found here www.bruneiastronomy.org/youtube The Great Conjunction was only visible momentarily by the members of PABD from Jerudong Beach:
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Despite being cloudy, the celestial trio – Jupiter, Saturn and the crescent moon – offered a spectacular sight in the twilight sky just now, December 17, 2020.
The planetary pair is easier to see with the naked eye and they are already closer together.
Another 3 days to go for the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. Hopefully, the Brunei weather will cooperate in the next few days.
In the next few days, Jupiter and Saturn will get super close in a rare celestial alignment of the Great Planetary Conjunction which has not occurred since 1623 and will be viewable from Brunei Darussalam.
Jupiter & Saturn meet in the sky: The orbital mechanics of alignment Jupiter and Saturn occur about 20 years apart. But this year, the Great Conjunction of the two planets is about 0.1° separation.
It is so rare that both gas giant planets can be seen in the field of view of a telescope and binoculars. Previously alike astronomical occurrence happened on July 16, 1623. The next one will be on March 15, 2080.
Some updates of the astronomical event from Brunei:
You can share your pictures of the conjunction by posting it on your social media with #bruneiastronomy or send them via Telegram apps t.me/bruneiastronomy
Monday, December 14, 2020
The planets are currently visible to the unaided eye and appear very close in the western sky after sunset. Amazingly, Saturn’s and Jupiter’s largest moons are also visible in the same field of view with the aid of a telescope.
Friday, December 11, 2020
Wednesday, December 09, 2020