2020 May 07 Brightest and Biggest mid-Ramadan Full Moon Rises in the Night Sky Over Brunei

Bandar Seri Begawan – Tonight’s full moon was a Supermoon which is astronomically known as the perigee-syzygy. It occurs when the full moon is directly opposite the sun and at the closest juncture (perigee) to earth in its orbit.

Tonight’s full moon was the final Supermoon in 2020, and the next occurrence is on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 11:31 am. (Find out when is the next Supermoon from 2020 until 2030 here)

Here are some of tonight’s best supermoon snapshots from around Brunei Darussalam.

A Supermoon full Moon rises behind the golden dome of Brunei’s landmark, Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha bridge.  Photographed by Awang Norsah Kassim @stokinbubus from Kg Tamoi Ujung. (Canon 90D, Sigma 150 – 600mm f5 with TC2001, 581mm, 1/30 sec, f/11, ISO 200)
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Comet SWAN (C/2020 F8) is Brightening Rapidly

Bright green comet SWAN C/2020 F8 photographed by Hazarry of PABD (Canon EOS 7D Mark II Stacked 20×15 Sec ISO 1600, Astro-Tech AT72ED 72mm f/6 ED refractor, Unguided)

UPDATE (Thursday, 07 May 2020): A possible naked-eye outburst of Comet SWAN! Despite of bright moonlight and thin clouds, Comet C/2020 F8 (SWAN) is still visible from Brunei just before nautical twilight today, May 07, 2020 at 0520. The greenish coma is due to molecules of Cyanogen and Carbon gas ejected from the comet nucleus. In the following days, the comet is located very low on the Eastern horizon in early morning twilight, before it fades in full daylight next week.

Another comet observer, Abdul Waliyuddin, a member of Brunei Darussalam Astronomical Society (PABD), managed to capture the beautiful Comet Swan as it makes its way through our solar system. Waliyuddin said “The pre-dawn skies of Seria gave way to a clear view of the celestial ceiling this morning. It was spewing a tail of gas and dust that can extend up to hundreds of millions of kilometres away from its epicenter from Seria, Belait, Brunei Darussalam”

Comet SWAN was only discovered two months ago. There is much to be understood and learned from our skies. Whatever science tells us about the biology of our fingers will always be lesser than the true reality of the wonders of our finger. Likewise, whatever we know about our skies will always be lesser than the actual existential reality of the grandeur of space.

Comet SWAN from Seria, Brunei Darussalam, on May 7, 2020. Photographed by Waliyuddin of PABD (Captured using a Skywatcher Evostar 100ED DS APO Refractor Telescope with a Canon EOS 6D at 30s exposure ISO1250)
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2020 Apr 17 A Spectacular Cosmic Parade

Bandar Seri Begawan – Three planets and moon all aligned and visible to the naked eyes before dawn today, Friday, April 17, 2020. Here are some amazing moments caught by stargazers around Brunei:

[1] Very bright Jupiter at top, Saturn in the middle, Mars at bottom with the Moon below it, plus vividly milky way background (Photo by Hazarry @zrryahmad of PABD from Keriam, Tutong)

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Brunei’s No Shadow Day Moment on April 01, 2020

Bandar Seri Begawan – Vertical objects became shadow less at around mid-day today, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Brunei Darussalam. Cosmic observers tried out simple experiments by just placing sticks or cylindrical objects vertically on the ground under the sun as well as by observing surrounding environment for changes in the shadow.

Sekolah Rendah Ahmad Tajuddin students experiencing “no shadow” moment on April 01, 2020. Thank you Cikgu @hey.itsfae for sharing this fun activity.
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Potential Bright Naked Eye Comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) in Mid-May 2020?!

Bandar Seri Begawan – Comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) is peaking brightness as it close approaching to Earth on Sat May 23, 2020, about 0.25 AU from the Sun. It is readily visible from the Northern hemisphere

Currently in the constellation of Ursa Major, the comet is easily spotted (~magnitude 9.5) and appeared as a fuzzy ball in a small telescope despite of bright moonlit sky last night (Mac 12, 2020). No clear sign of a comet tail at the moment.

Tiny fuzzy ball in the sky (indicated by arrow) is visible in a small telescope. Image by Hazarry of PABD from Brunei Darussalam on March 12, 2020 at 23:00 (UTC+8)
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Balai Cerap Al-Biruni Sabah Pemangkin Kemajuan Ilmu Falak Negeri Di Bawah Bayu

Balai Cerap Al-Biruni Negeri Sabah terletak di Tanjung Dumpil, Putatan kira-kira 15 Km dari Kota Kinabalu. Koordinat 05° 54′ 18.51” Utara, 116° 02′ 09.09″ Timur

Kota Kinabalu – Seramai 3 orang ahli Persatuan Astronomi Negara Brunei Darussalam (PABD) mengadakan program lawatan ke balai cerap Al-Biruni Negeri Sabah pada petang Sabtu, 25 Januari 2020.

Kedatangan peserta program lawatan tersebut telah disambut oleh Yang Berbahagia Sohibus Samahah Datuk Bungsu @ Aziz Jaafar, Mufti Negeri Sabah. Program lawatan telah memuatkan sesi taklimat ringkas mengenai pengenalan dan kemajuan balai cerap Al-Biruni yang terletak di Tanjung Dumpil, Putatan oleh Jabatan Mufti Negeri Sabah

Rombongan Persatuan Astronomi Negara Brunei Darussalam (PABD) berkesempatan bergambar bersama-sama Yang Berbahagia Sohibus Samahah Datuk Bungsu @ Aziz Jaafar, Mufti Negeri Sabah (3 dari kiri) bagi Cerapan Hilal Jamadilakhir 1441H di Balai Cerap Al Biruni, Putatan Sabah pada petang Sabtu, 25hb Januari 2020.
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