Rare Mars Occultation on Apr 17, 2021

Bandar Seri Begawan – Given clear skies, stargazers in Brunei can watch the red planet Mars disappear behind the crescent moon on Saturday night, April 17, 2021.

Watch Mars disappear behind the moon on Saturday, April 17, 2021

The Moon will pass in front of Mars, creating a lunar occultation visible from only small region of central Asia including Brunei Darussalam.

An occultation is an astronomical phenomenon when one object is obscured by another object that passes between it and the observer.

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Press Release: Telescopes For All Brunei Darussalam 2021

You can have this special Telescope for free! The Telescopes for All project distributes telescopes signed by astronauts and scientists, including Nobel Prize winners, to underserved communities around the world. The project aims to broaden the horizons of children, adults and educators while sparking an interest in science and raising awareness for equal opportunities in pursuing careers in astronomy.

More info: www.bruneiastronomy.org/telescopes4all

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2021 Lyrids Meteor Shower Camp

It Will Rain Stars! Join us for these fun stargazing & enjoy camping under the stars in the suburban dark skies which offer a great view of our Milky Way Galaxy, and featuring the most wonderful night in Ramadan to catch the Lyrids Meteor Shower.

๐Ÿ“…Thursday, 22nd April 2021 / 10 Ramadan 1442H
๐Ÿ•–2.00 pm โ€“ 10.00 am
๐Ÿ“Bintudoh Greenspring Resort, Kg. Bang Nukat. Spg 113, Jalan Kg. Menengah-Bukit Sulang Tutong
๐Ÿ’ฒBND 15 per pax (Limited participants)

More info: www.bruneiastronomy.org/meteorcamp

Reservation/Accommodation & Payment: +673 8899674 / WhatsApp / 2260122 (Mr Susis)

2021 Mar 02 Mars Closes the Pleiades Star Cluster

Bandar Seri Begawan – A beautiful celestial parings of Mars closes approach with the Pleiades star cluster is set for this week.

The famous star cluster, also known as “Bintang Tujuh”, is a group of about 800 stars located 410 light-years away in the constellation Taurus.

A spectacular view of Mars embraces the Seven Sisters Star Cluster. Photographed by Hj Md Azri bin Haji Ibrahim, PABD

Look Northwest at dusk and throughout the evening to see the cosmic duo progress to setting in the West (at around 10.30 pm Brunei Time).

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PABD Investigates Daytime Shooting Star

By Hazarry bin Haji Ali Ahmad, Haji Md Azri bin Haji Ibrahim & Husaini bin Ali Hassan,
The Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam

Bandar Seri Begawan – The Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD) is still investigating after sightings of a mysterious fireball accompanied with a loud bang was reported falling to earth in broad daylight last week, January 31, 2021.

On Sunday (February 7, 2021), a team of members of the PABD conducted further examination at the locations based on firsthand sighting video and photograph of the meteor event.

PABD is also working closely with the Sabah Stargazers with the support by a group of 4×4 off-road enthusiasts known as Jimmy Sierra Brunei Community by exchanging information on the coordinates in the sky of the reported meteor.

Group photo of Jimny Sierra Brunei Community with PABD team at the location of meteor sighting during the investigation

Currently, there are two key sources of evidence based on two dashcam-footage that accidentally caught the meteor at the same time โ€“ from Kampong Kulapis, Brunei Darussalam and Penampang, Sabah. These useful information were solid proof to determine the approximate physical characteristics of the meteor and its location, which were later triangulated by statistics from another eyewitness.

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Fenomena meteor besar hasilkan dentuman kuat

Sumber: Pelita Brunei
Oleh : Wan Mohamad Sahran Wan Ahmadi /ย Foto : Ihsanย Persatuan Astronomi Negara Brunei Darussalam

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Isnin, 1 Februari. – Bunyi dentuman yang disangka guruh diiringi dengan gegaran yang terjadi kira-kira sekitar jam 11.00 pagi kelmarin sedikit sebanyak menimbulkan kepanikan dan menjadi persoalan kepada sebahagian penduduk di negara ini yang mengalami kejadian tersebut.

Jika terjadinya guruh dan kilat tetapi cuaca kelmarin begitu elok sahaja, sehingga ada beberapa persepsi yang mengaitkannya dengan beberapa insiden dari luar negara yang memberi impak kepada negara kita.

Keratan Akhbar Pelita Brunei Edisi Rabu, 03 Februari 2021

Menurut kenyataan yang dikeluarkan oleh Persatuan Astronomi Negara Brunei Darussalam (PABD) menerusi laman sesawangnya di ‘www.bruneiastronomy.org’, satu meteor besar (fireball) mencetuskan letupan yang disaksikan pada siang hari kelmarin, 31 Januari 2021.

Sehubungan itu, PABD menerima banyak laporan daripada orang ramai yang mendengar letupan kuat di awan dan mengumpulkan laporan saksi yang menyaksikan kejadian tersebut.

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Jangan Sebar! Video Tular Bukan Meteor di Brunei

Kenyataan Media
19 Jamadilakhir 1442H / 02 Februari 2021

Video tular di atas BUKAN kejadian di Brunei Darussalam, tetapi pernah dimuatnaik di laman Youtube empat tahun yang lalu.

Media rilis oleh Persatuan Astronomi Negara Brunei Darussalam (PABD) berserta gambar & video daripada para saksi berkaitan fenomena meteor dari negara ini pada 31 Januari 2021 boleh didapati di laman web rasmi www.bruneiastronomy.org

Orang ramai yang telah menyaksikan fenomena meteor besar (fireball) atau mempunyai rakaman visual mengenainya bolehlah melaporkan kepada International Meteor Organisation (fireballs.imo.net) serta agensi angkasa/astronomi berkenaan bagi penyelidikan lanjut. [bagi saksi di Malaysia bolehlah menghubungi Agensi Angkasa Malaysia MYSA www.mysa.gov.my dan/atau Sabah Stargazer fb.com/SabahStargazers]


Exploded Fireball thrills Brunei

Hazarry bin Haji Ali Ahmad, The Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam

Bandar Seri Begawan – A huge fireball boomed over the Brunei skies and was bright enough to be seen in the daylight today, January 31, 2021.

The Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD) had received numerous reports by the public who had heard a mysterious loud bang in the sky and put up a notice seeking for first-hand eyewitness accounts.

Photo: Haziq from Sengkurong eyewitnessed the blazing meteor and photographed the smoky trail with a โ€œring smokeโ€ (circled in green) which only last for few seconds before finally disappeared.

Dozens of people sighting the spectacular phenomenon of a roaring sound from a disintegrated meteor based on eyewitness testimonies. The large boom that was heard and felt from across all districts in Brunei.

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IAU OAE Astrophotography Contest

IAU.org – Are you an astrophotographer with an enthusiasm for astronomy education? If so, a new contest run by one of the IAU Offices is for you. The IAUโ€™s Office of Astronomy for Education (OAE) is running an astrophotography contest until 15 April 2021. The winning photographers will receive cash prizes, and their images will be made available as Open Educational Resources for teachers and learners worldwide.

Source: https://www.iau.org/news/announcements/detail/ann21004/

Astronomy education is a powerful tool to teach students about our place in the Universe, and it is also an exciting gateway science to the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). One of the OAEโ€™s goals is to provide astronomy educators around the world with a foundational collection of high-quality educational resources. While many excellent images are already available for public use, the OAE has identified a number of astronomy-related themes with which educators could use further support.

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