Bruneians Witness Partial Solar Eclipse

By Lyna Mohamad, Borneo Bulletin (June 23, 2020)

Skywatchers across Brunei Darussalam were treated to a partial solar eclipse, which began yesterday at 3.10pm.

Many used special solar glasses to witness the rare annular event at outdoor locations, while others watched it through a livestreamed session conducted from 2.45pm to 5.30pm by the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD).

A member of Brunei Darussalam Astronomical Society, Haji Mohd Azri bin Haji Ibrahim speaks to the Bulletin

The livestream for the Brunei-Muara District was carried out at the Kiarong residence of PABD member Haji Mohd Azri bin Haji Ibrahim, who had even set up viewing equipment for
eager observers.

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Penumbral Lunar Eclipse on January 11, 2020

Bandar Seri Begawan – A penumbral eclipse of the moon will take place on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at pre-dawn hours, from 1.09 a.m. until 5.11 a.m in Brunei Darussalam.ย  The first eclipse of 2020 is also visible from the geographic regions of Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

There are three categories of lunar eclipse: total, partial and penumbral. In a penumbral lunar eclipse, only the faint or diffuse outer shadow of Earth (known as penumbra) falls on the moonโ€™s face. This kind of lunar eclipse is much more subtle, and much more difficult to observe, than either a total or partial eclipse of the moon. There is never a dramatic darkening of the moon, as in when the Earth’s darkest shadow (umbra) moves over the Moon during a partial lunar eclipse.

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Live Stream: Watch the Annular Solar Eclipse Online Here

Here are the compiled lists of live online streaming video to enjoy the spectacular December 26, 2019 “ring of fire” solar eclipse live streaming from around the annularity pathway. More sites will be added soon.

Area of Annular Solar Eclipse Time Starts of BroadcastURL Link
Sri Lanka by Institute of Astronomy Sri LankaDecember 26, 2019
9.30 am (UTC+8)
Batam, Indonesia by Saizwagazer AstronomyDecember 26, 2019
10:00 am (UTC+8)
Abu Dhabi, UAE by the International Astronomy CentreDecember 26, 2019
10:30 am (UTC+8)
Saudi Arabia by the Astronomy Department in King Abdulaziz UniversityDecember 26, 2019
11:15 am (UTC+8)
Sri Aman, Sarawak, Malaysia
by the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam
December 26, 2019
11:30 am (UTC+8)

Dec 26 2019 Annular Solar Eclipse Expedition Brunei – Kuching

Join the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD) for this exclusive 6-days Ring of Fire Expedition to Kuching from December 22 until 27, 2019 to witness the annular eclipse of the sun from Masjid Bandar Sri Aman, a collaboration with Jawatankuasa Pengurusan Masjid Sri Aman. An annular solar eclipse is in itself special, but to possibly experience it is truly a once-in-a-lifetime event.

PABD Gives Talk on Upcoming Solar Eclipse and Dark Cosmology

Bandar Seri Begawan โ€” An astronomy talk organised by the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD) has provided some insight about the December 26, 2019, solar eclipse.

Two special astronomy topics were presented during the space talk, which was held on Saturday night, December 14, 2019, at the Box, Telanai Avenue.

Hazarry bin Haji Ali Ahmad, General Secretary of PABD, explained to the public members on eclipses with his presentation โ€œChasing the moon shadow of 2019 Annular Eclipseโ€.

Md Qawiem bin Hj Md Jamil, Executive Committee of PABD, presented the origin story of dark matter and dark energy, and their evolution.

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Space Talk @ the Box on Dec 14, 2019

The moon shadow of the annular solar eclipse is going to pass through the Arabian Peninsula, southern India, Borneo, Philippines and Guam this month (December). To mark the occasion of the December 2019 celestial event, the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD) will host a Space Talk at the Box, Telanai Avenue on Saturday, December 14, 2019. This event is free and open to the public.

PABD will give a presentation about what to expect with the eclipse, why solar eclipses are so rare and spectacular to see, where should you be in this region to view the eclipse for its annularity and what the view will be like in Brunei Darussalam. Safe viewing and photography tips will also be discussed, and the PABD will also hand out special glasses for viewing the eclipse (limited to only the first 30 group of family/individual at the talk).

If you are curious about the cosmos of many mysteries, then the second presentation by PABD will explain one of the universe’s unsolved mysteries – Dark Matter.

Astronomy enthusiasts, Members of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam and general public are welcome to join, and registration of the event since the space is limited via

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Brunei Eclipse Expedition Convoy to Sri Aman in December 2019

Bandar Seri Begawan – A solar eclipse expedition of RING OF FIRE will take place in conjunction of Dec 26, 2019 Annular Solar Eclipse in December 2019.

Join the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD) for this exclusive 6-days Expedition (22-27 December 2019) to witness the annular eclipse of the sun in Sri Aman, a collaboration with Jawatankuasa Pengurusan Masjid Bandar Sri Aman.

Truly a once-in-a-lifetime adventure! Register and Join the convoy at

The road trip /convoy will bring you a rare opportunity to watch โ€œa string of beadsโ€ (Bailyโ€™s Beads Effect) from the edges of the sun, and a very spectacular sight as a small โ€œring of fireโ€ or annulus remains around the sun at greatest eclipse. This is a rare celestial event as the next annular eclipse will take place in Borneo in 2031!

Details and questions, join PABD Expedition Whatsapp group or call +673 815 8392 (Husaini)

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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