BEWARE THE MARS HOAX

Two moon on 27 August

*27th Aug the Whole World is waiting for………….* Planet Mars will be the brightest in the night sky starting August. It will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye. This will cultivate on Aug. 27 when Mars comes within 34.65M miles of earth. Be sure to watch the sky on Aug. 27 12:30 am . It will look like the earth has 2 moons. The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287.

Share this with your friends as NO ONE ALIVE TODAY will ever see it again.

The above is an email which is still going around claiming that Mars will approach Earth on August 27th; the encounter will be so close, the email states, that Mars will rival the full Moon in size and brightness. (Imagine the tides!)

Comparison between the apparent size of the Moon (Left) and Mars (Right) as seen on the sky. The planet will appear as an orange bright "star" which is about 1/225 the size of the moon.
Comparison between the apparent size of the Moon (Left) and Mars (Right) as seen on the sky. The planet will appear as an orange bright “star” which is about 1/225 the size of the moon.

Above: Comparison between the apparent size of the Moon (Left) and Mars (Right) as seen on the sky. The planet will appear as an orange bright “star” which is about 1/225 the size of the moon.

Don’t believe it. The Mars Hoax email first appeared in 2003. On August 27th of that year, Mars really did come historically close to Earth. But the email’s claim that Mars would rival the Moon was grossly exaggerated. Every August since 2003, the email has staged a revival.

 The inner planets in December 2007, the orbit of mars and earth will be closest on 18th December.
The inner planets in December 2007, the orbit of mars and earth will be closest on 18th December.

Above: The inner planets in December 2007, the orbit of mars and earth will be closest on 18th December.

In fact this year, on 18 December 2007, the earth will be closely approaching with the planet Mars which is about 0.589 AU and not in August as claimed by the email. Even at this distance, it is still a vast distance for the planet to appear as big as the moon.

How will the planet looks like then? It’s a great news where by mars will be appear brighter and brighter in the night sky as it approching closer by december. You can distinguish it from the other stars by its reddish colour.

Rukyah Anak Bulan Ramadan 11 September

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Isnin, 20 Ogos. – Mahkamah Syariah dengan ini mengumumkan kepada orang ramai terutama umat Islam di negara ini bahawa pada menjunjung titah perkenan Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan dan Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam, maka Yang Berhormat Yang Dipertua Majlis Ugama Islam dengan ini memaklumkan bahawa ketetapan 1 Syaaban 1428 Hijrah jatuh pada hari Selasa, 14 Ogos 2007.Maka berikutan dengan itu, Nisfu Syaaban tahun 1428 Hijrah jatuh pada hari Isnin malam Selasa, 27 Ogos 2007.

Sumber: Pelita Brunei

2007 July 15 First Crescent Sighted

"The crescent was captured on 15 July 2007 @ 6.50 pm (Bukit Shahbandar) with Olympus E-500 Digital camera attached to a 10 inch LX-200 with  focal reducer." said Hj Mahadi based on his ICOP report.
“The crescent was captured on 15 July 2007 @ 6.50 pm (Bukit Shahbandar)
with Olympus E-500 Digital camera attached to a 10 inch LX-200 with
focal reducer.” said Hj Mahadi based on his ICOP report.

The first crescent or hilal was visible from this country during the new moon sighting by the Survey Department on July 15. Based on the account, the moon’s altitude was
about 10.465 degrees, elongation of 11.223 degrees and it was 22 hours 33 minutes old at sunset. The visibility based on Mooncalc indicates that on 15th July 2007, the new moon should be easily visible from many parts of the world but ICOP report generalised, Brunei being the first eastern country to sight the new moon crescent.

Congratulation to the moon sighting committees of the Survey Department.

PABD Society holds 2nd AGM

The Astronomical society of Negara Brunei Darussalam recently held its 2nd annual general meet on Friday afternoon (30th March 2007) at the Jame Asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque.

The AGM was chaired by the President, Awang Mahadi. At the meet, the association’s executive committee presented the presidential, secretary’s and financial reports as well as discussing the activities planned for 2007.

Group Photo during PABD AGM II in 2007
Group Photo during PABD AGM II in 2007

Above: PABD Group photo.

Election of the working councils for the period of 2007-2009 was also held. The newly appointed executive committees are Haji Mahadi Haji Mohd Tahir (President), Ustaz Haji Johar Haji Mohamad (Vice President), Hazarry Haji Ali Ahmad (General Secretary), Haji Julaihi Haji Lamat (Vice Secretary I), Pengiran Shahdani Pengiran Anom (Vice Secretary II) and Dayangku Ratna Suria Pengiran Dato Haji Hamzad (Honarary Treasurer).

Five new committee members were also elected. They are Haji Mohd Azri bin Haji Awang Ibrahim, Ustaz Haji Abd Aziz bin Haji Akop, Dr Sallimah Haji Mohd Salled , Daud bin Jihan and Saiful Bahri Haji Ahmad.

Among the society’s objectives are to promote and encourage astronomy for Brunei and to channelΒ  information on issues relating to astronomy. Currently, the society offers membership for ordinary member and young astronomers and is open to residents of Brunei Darussalam.
Meeting during PABD AGM II in 2007
Meeting during PABD AGM II in 2007
Meeting during PABD AGM II in 2007
Meeting during PABD AGM II in 2007
Meeting during PABD AGM II in 2007
Meeting during PABD AGM II in 2007

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