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 – 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.

Continue reading “PABD Investigates Daytime Shooting Star”

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]

-TAMAT-

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 β€œring smoke” (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.

Continue reading “Exploded Fireball thrills Brunei”

Press Release: PABD holds Inaugural Appreciation Ceremony & 4th AGM

by Dr Roslynna Rosli & Norjannah Mahmud. Members of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD)

PABD Group photo with the Honorary Advisors and the newly elected Executive members at the 4th AGM

Bandar Seri Begawan – Persatuan Astronomi Negara Brunei Darussalam (PABD) held its 4th Annual General Meeting (AGM) yesterday at the Higher Hotel, Kiulap on Sunday afternoon, January 10, 2021.

Present during the AGM were advisors to PABD, Yang Arif Awang Hj Johar bin Hj Mohammad, Judge of the Syarie Court and Dr Haji Norarfan bin Hj Zainal, Rector UNISSA. Also present were about 40 members of PABD and members of the public.

The ceremony began with the welcoming speech by Yang Di Pertua PABD, Awang Hj Mahadi bin Hj Md Tahir. The AGM was then officiated by Yang Arif Awang Hj Johar bin Hj Mohammad, one of the Advisor Board members of PABD.

2021/2022 Executive Committee of PABD
Continue reading “Press Release: PABD holds Inaugural Appreciation Ceremony & 4th AGM”

2020 Dec 21 Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn

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

Post-Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter with its Jovian Moons from Brunei Darussalam on December 22, 2020. Photo by Hazarry Hj Ali Ahmad of PABD.
Vibrant Jupiter and Saturn are less than 0.5 degree apart. Photo by Abdul Waliyuddin of PABD.
Continue reading “2020 Dec 21 Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn”