A perfect alignment of the Earth-Moon-Sun bodies is required for a solar eclipse to occur. As seen from a location on Earth, a solar eclipse happens when the moon moves in front of the Sun thus block the Solar Disk. A simulation of the partial Solar Eclipse as seen from Brunei in the morning of March 9, 2016 is shown in the video above. Since we will only witness the partial obscuration of the sun by the moon, features that are normally visible during totality such as corona and darkening of the sky/surrounding will not be observable from Brunei. Continue reading “Brunei to See Partial Solar Eclipse on March 9 2016”
Bandar Seri Begawan – People in this country will have a rare opportunity to watch an astronomical phenomenon, a total lunar eclipse, on the evening of this Saturday, April 4th, 2015.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth and being in the Earth’s dark shadow known as Umbra. Such occurrence is rare when the Sun, Earth and Moon are exactly aligned with the Earth being precisely in the middle.
This great natural phenomenon is also observed by many region around the globe such as Asia, Australia, Pacific, North and South America.
In Brunei, the lunar eclipse will be first observed after the moon rise at 6:22 pm. If the evening sky is clear, eclipse watchers will see the full moon is partially obscured by the Earth’s shadows.
Bandar Seri Begawan – A meeting was held in UNISSA in late afternoon on March 21, 2015, to discuss activities during the upcoming lunar eclipse. Present at the meeting were Hazarry (General Secretary), Hj Julaihi (Deputy Secretary I) , Pg Shahdani (Deputy Secretary II), Saifulbahri (Exco) of PABD and officals from UNISSA and Survey Deparment.
The meeting was led by Dr Haji Norarfan bin Haji Zainal(Rektor UNISSA/PABD) as the chaiperson and members discussed the working paper proposal and delegation of tasks for the event. One of the main programmes is eclipse observation for public which will be organised by the PABD in collaboration with Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) and Survey Department.
A TOTAL lunar eclipse is set to occur tomorrow, October 8, and will be visible in Brunei between 6.03pm and 9.32pm.
It will be a spectacular astronomical event as the entire moon will pass through the earth’s shadow known as the umbra.
The eclipse will be visible in many areas of the world such as East Europe, much of Asia, Australia, North America, South America, Pacific and Atlantic.
In Brunei, eclipse watchers should be able to see the reddish-brown full moon rising low in the eastern horizon at 6.03 pm. The phenomenon occurs when the earth blocks most of the sunlight to the moon.
The moon is positioned deep in the Earth’s shadow at maximum eclipse at 6.55pm.
Sunlight will gradually reach the Moon’s surface as the Earth’s umbra will no longer cover the Moon at 7.22pm. The Moon will return slowly to its normal brilliance when the Penumbral Eclipse ends at 9.32 pm.
Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipse is completely safe to watch with the naked eye. We should be able to witness this phenomenon from our homes if the weather is clear.
Eclipse watchers are advised to go to a place with a clear view to the eastern horizon and a clear line of sight to the Moon to observe the natural phenomenon.
The next total eclipse visible in the Sultanate will not occur until January 31, 2018. On April 4 next year, Brunei will experience another lunar eclipse but it will be a partial one.
The April 26, 2013 partial lunar eclipse will be visible over Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. Only a tiny sliver of the moon will be covered by the Earth’s umbral shadow at maximum eclipse. Eclipse will be visible from 2.03 am till 6.11 am in Brunei.
Partial Eclipse of the Moon
The entire eclipse is visible from Brunei Darussalam.
Magnitude and Duration
Umbral magnitude: 0.020
Penumbral magnitude: 1.011
Duration of umbral phase: 0h 31m 32s
Duration of penumbral phase: 4h 11m 34s
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