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Darksky Melilas – Your Milkyway & Dark Sky Stargazing Adventure

Current Package:
🌌 Program Kembara Angkasa Maal Hijrah
📍 Kampong Melilas, Ulu Belait
📅 Friday, 29th until Sunday, 31st July 2022 (3 days 2 nights)
🔭 Event highlights: Planet Parade & Delta-Aquarid Meteor Shower
💲 BND$85 per pax*
ℹ️ Few seats available CLOSED (FULLY BOOKED)
🔗 Booking: https://bruneiastronomy.org/web/astrotourism/booking/ CLOSED

Deadline: Saturday, 16 July 2022 including full payment to confirm


A special planetary event, stargazing and meteor shower observation from a pristine darksky location in Brunei Darussalam – an experience which will forever change the way you see the night sky.

Join the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD) in a starrynight camping adventure to the most rural settlement in the sultanate, Kampong Melilas in Belait.

We designed this unique travel package to be fun educational outings for star-curious adventurers or digital detox retreats!


Our Journey


Itinerary (Tentative)

Day 1 (Friday, July 29, 2022)

TimeProgramme
9:30 amMeet and greet (Checkpoint A – Pekan Tutong)
10:30 amPassenger 4×4 Vehicle Assignment
11:00 amDoa Selamat
Group Photography
11:15 amDeparture
12:00 pmSolat Fardu Jumaat, Masjid Kampong Biong, Tutong
4:30 pmExpected arrival at camping ground near Julangan Titah Rumah Panjang Kampung Melilas
 Tent/Camp setup
7.30 pmDinner
8:00 pmEquipment Preparation / Telescopes setup
8:15 pmProgramme and Safety Briefing
8:30 pmSkywatching (Day 1) – subject to weather
Milkyway Observation, Stargazing (Constellation), Planet Parade Observation,
Astrophotography techniques, Delta-Aquarid Meteor Shower observation
5.00 amDismiss

Day 2 (Saturday, July 30, 2022)

TimeProgramme (Tentative)
6.00 amBreakfast
Rest, Free & Easy (Morning)
12:00 pmLunch
Rest, Free & Easy (Afternoon)
7.30 pmDinner
9:00 pmSkywatching (Day 2) – subject to weather
Milkyway Observation, Messier Marathon, Planet Parade Observation,
Astrophotography techniques, Delta-Aquarid Meteor Shower observation
3:00 amDismiss

Day 3 (Sunday, July 31, 2022)

TimeProgramme (Tentative)
6:00 amBreakfast
Free and Easy
9:00 amVisit to Julangan Titah Rumah Panjang (longhouse) Kampung Melilas
 Distribution of donation by PABD to the head representative of Julangan Titah Rumah Panjang Kampung Melilas
11:00 amDeparture
3:00 pmExpected arrival (at Checkpoint A – Pekan Tutong)

Terms and Conditions:
*Special introductory price includes transport (on 4×4), astro guide and stargazing, breakfast & dinner. Tents are available for rent.
**Subject to weather, and there are no refund if the shower/astronomical objects aren’t visible due to cloud cover.
**Very limited seats available.
**Adherence to MOH’s health guidelines/SOPs such as you maybe required for Covid-19 ART test before departure, strictly no symptom & Green Bruhealth campers and wearing a mask in the vehicle at all time throughout the journey.
**The organiser will arrange your transportation on a 4×4 WD off-roader.
**You agree to assume responsibility for your own health and safety, and the organiser cannot guarantee your safety at any time.


Look Up! Explore the Dark Sky

Star chart on July 30th at dawn (Source: in-the-sky.org)
What to see at the two-day stargazing sessions? A wide variety of wonderful things to observe throughout the night (see star chart above) free from major city light pollution – probably look up for the best naked eye wonders the Milky Way galaxy, and of course Delta-Aquarid Meteor Shower at its peak on a moonless night.

But there are more! – Learn the patterns of stars (known as constellations); Observe through our telescopes at closeup of planet parade, and beautiful star clusters & bright nebula; Or learn the techniques to capture photo and take a selfie of your own with the Milkyway’s brightest core. Let’s hope for clear skies from one of the best dark sky in Brunei.


Suggested Items to Bring

Stargazing Checklists:
◾Friends and family
◾Eyepieces, telescope, and accessories (if you have a telescope)
◾Binoculars
◾Digital SLR Camera / Smartphone Camera with tripod
◾Red flashlight (to provide visibility while your eyes are dark-adapted)
◾Star maps/smartphone app (download Skyportal app)

Camping Checklists:
◾Tent (or you can rent from the organiser, limited tents available)
◾Toiletries and personal care
◾Sleeping Bag, blanket or small portable Chair
◾Beach towel (to lay down on the ground)
◾Mosquito/Insect repellent
◾Weather-appropriate clothing & rain gear
◾Prayer mat (for Muslims)
◾Food and drink
◾Power banks – to charge your phone camera



Organiser

Proudly organised by:

The Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD)
www.bruneiastronomy.org


Supported by:

Majlis Perundingan Kampong (MPK) Melilas, Ulu Belait


Persatuan Kereta Tahan Lasak Brunei
www.instagram.com/pktlb/
www.facebook.com/pktlbrunei




An astro-tourism initiative in partnership with:

Tourism Development Department
Ministry of Primary Resources & Tourism

www.bruneitourism.com