Total Lunar Eclipse Simulation from 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.
A Lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth and being in the Earth’s dark shadow known as Umbra. Such occurrence is rare when the Sun, Earth and Moon are exactly aligned with the Earth being precisely in the middle.
The eclipse also coincides when the Moon gets closer (perigee) to the Earth during its orbit, a phenomenon nicknamed as Supermoon. At closest distance of 357,500 km, this spectacular event will cause the perigean eclipsed moon to appear larger-than-usual Moon in the night sky.
Eclipse Phases from Brunei Darussalam
This is a very shallow total eclipse. It has an umbral eclipse magnitude of only 1.0095 and a duration of totality lasting 14.5 minutes.
Lunar Eclipse Observation
The Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD) in collaboration with Temburong District Office, Ministry of Home Affairs, and Astronomy Club of IGS College will organise a Total Lunar Eclipse and Supermoon observation for the public:
Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Time: 5 pm until 9.30 pm,
Venue: Pekan Bangar (in front of Kompleks Perniagaan Bumiputra), Temburong.
Telescope viewing is available for members of the public to gaze at the phenomena, and admission is free of charge.
The Kolej Universiti Perguruan Ugama Seri Begawan (KUPU SB) in Bandar will also be in partner with PABD for the eclipse observation:
Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Time: 5.30 pm onwards,
Venue: Futsal Court, KUPU SB
PABD Astronomy Outreach Committee for May 26, 2021, Lunar Eclipse Observation
Chairman: Hj Mahadi bin Hj Mohd Tahir, Yang Dipertua PABD
Vice Chairman: Ustaz Hj Abd Aziz bin Hj Akop, Naib Yang Dipertua PABD
Secretary: Hazarry bin Haji Ali Ahmad, Setiausaha Agong PABD; Dr Haji Mohammed Hussain bin Pehin Penyurat Haji Ahmad, Timbalan Setiausaha II PABD
Treasurer: Ustaz Saifulbahri bin Haji Ahmad, Bendahari Agong PABD
Project Coordinators: Awg Husaini bin Ali Hassan, Exco PABD; Awg Hj Jamri bin Jaafar; Awg Md Aminul Izzat Md Asri; Dyg Goh Shiau Wei
Astronomy Observation Directors: Nur Bazilah binti Zainal Abidin, Exco PABD (Telescope 1 / MASA); Haji Mohamad Azri bin Haji Awang Ibrahim (Telescope 2); Hazarry bin Haji Ali Ahmad (Telescope 3); Hj Jamri bin Jaafar (Telescope 4); Abd Waliyuddin bin Yahya (Telescope 5); Md Aminul Izzat Md Asri (Telescope 6); Husaini bin Ali Hassan (Telescope 7); Dayang Siti Nor Izuana Binti Ayob (Telescope 8)
COVID-19 Response Managers: Loo Kuan Look, Exco PABD; MB Mazalan bin Zaini; Temburong District Office, Ministry of Home Affairs
Public Safety & Security Coordinators: Pg Shahdani bin Pengiran Anom, Timbalan Setiausaha I PABD; Sahrulazmi bin Tengah; Hamzah bin Awang Haji; Kerjasama Pasukan Polis Diraja Brunei
Astronomy Volunteers: Sonny Anak Jumpo; Nurul Mum’tazahtul Ain binti Haji Idris; Astronomy Club IGS College
Promotion & Publicity, PR Officers: Md Qawiem bin Haji Jamil, Exco PABD; Norjinah bte Mahmud; Nur Bazilah binti Zainal Abidin, Exco PABD
Astronomy Quiz Masters: Dayang Siti Nor Izuana Binti Ayob; Mohammad Nazhif bin Haji Abdul Khalid; Mohd Nur Raziqqien bin Abu Bakar; Siti Redha Wahayu Binti Mohamad