Press Release: Brunei gets to name a planet and a star

Above: An exoplanet HD 179949b is a gas giant planet, a planetary system discovered in 2000 is assigned by the International Astronomical Union to be given a proper name by Brunei Darussalam (Source: International Astronomical Union)

Bandar Seri Begawan – People of Brunei will have the opportunity to name a selected exoplanet and its host star to commemorate the 100th-anniversary celebration of the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

Currently there are a total of more than 4,000 confirmed planets that orbit stars outside the solar system known as exoplanets. Most of these exoplanets have no proper names. 

NameExoWorlds offers the opportunity for all countries in the world including Brunei Darussalam to give a name to one exoplanet and its hosting star.

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Half-Blood Moon across Brunei on 17 July 2019

Bandar Seri Begawan – Curiosity and awe have greeted a partial lunar eclipse at pre-dawn hours of July 17, 2019. Here are some of the eclipse moment photographed around Brunei Darussalam.

The following pictures were taken at Panaga Beach , during lunar eclipse on Wednesday 17th between 3.15 and 5:30 am by Rolando Fidel Pinto. Gear used DSLR Pentax K1 with Pentax 1.4x HD PENTAX-DA AF Rear Converter AW and Pentax HD DA 560mm ED AW F5.6 ED AW Lens, which delivers a total focal length of 784mm. Tripod used is a Velbo Pro Geo V630 with a  Jobu Design Gimbal Head  DMG-HD4

Kajiselidik Kursus Sijil Falak UNISSA

Pusat Kepimpinan dan Pembelajaran Sepanjang Hayat, Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) sedang menjalankan kajiselidik yang bertujuan untuk mengenalpasti keperluan dan permintaan orang ramai terhadap kursus Sijil Falak Syari’e.

Oleh yang demikian, dipohonkan kerjasama orang ramai untuk menjawab kajiselidik tersebut dengan menekan link di bawah:

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Setiap maklumat/butiran yang diberikan adalah SULIT dan akan dirahsiakan serta digunakan untuk tujuan kajian sahaja.

Sebarang pertanyaan dan maklumbalas, bolehlah menghubungi:
Pusat Kepimpinan dan Pembelajaran Sepanjang Hayat
Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali
No telefon (Office): 246 2000 sambungan 202/204
No telefon bimbit: +673 8254 374
Email: C4L@unissa.edu.bn

2019 Dec 26 Annular Solar Eclipse: ‘Ring of Fire’ in Borneo, Brunei merely misses it will see partial eclipse

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

Bandar Seri Begawan – A perfect  alignment of the Earth-Moon-Sun bodies will occur on December 26, 2019, resulting in a spectacular annular solar eclipse visible in few cities of Saudi Arabia, India, Sri Lanka, Sumatra, Borneo and the Pacific Ocean .

Distinct parts of a Moon’s shadow on the Earth – Antumbra and Penumbra. A bright ring is visible around the eclipsing bodies from area of Antumbra. An annular solar eclipse happens when the Moon covers the Sun’s center, leaving the Sun’s visible outer edges to form a β€œring of fire” or annulus around the Moon. (Photo Source: timeanddate.com)
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2019 Feb 19 Hypnotising Supermoon Lights Up Brunei Sky

Bandar Seri Begawan – An unusual full moon light “hypnotised” many skywatchers to a rare celestial display around the world including Brunei Darussalam on Tuesday night, 19 Feb 2019.

The super moon was the biggest and brightest in 2019 because its orbit is at its closest to earth or at perigee at around 356,800km.

At such shortest distance, the Earth’s only natural satellite appeared nearly 30% brighter and almost 14% bigger than a typical full moon. Some effects of the moon’s gravitational pull at our oceans was more pronounced than other times of the month, generating higher than normal high tides or Spring Tides.

Below, some of the best shots of it from around the Sultanate.

Photo by Jamri Jaafar of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam
8:30 pm
Masjid Omar Ali Saifuddin, BSB
iPhone 7
Nightcap apps
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2018 July 28 Century’s Longest Blood Moon Amazes Eclipse Watchers in Brunei

New Lunar Crescent of Syawal 1437 seen from Brunei

Bandar Seri Begawan – July 05, 2016. A group ofΒ members of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam was at the Agok Hill in Tutong for the moonsightingΒ to observe the new moon of Syawal 1437H. The western sky was partly cloudy especially new the horizon with theΒ sun set behind the clouds on that evening. At about 15 minutes after sunset,Β at the clouds break,Β the 24 hour old hilal was firstly visible through telescopes and CCD Camera at around 6.52 pm. Continue reading “New Lunar Crescent of Syawal 1437 seen from Brunei”