Press Release: Brunei Darussalam Receives Telescopes for All Award by IAU

IAU.org – 17 communities of underrepresented groups around the world have been selected to receive telescopes signed by astronauts and Nobel Laureates. This is the first group of telescopes to be distributed by the Telescopes for All: Inspiring Stars & Stars Shine for Everyone Collaboration.

Winning proposal of “Making Space for All – MASA” by Nur Bazilah binti Zainal Abidin, member of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam, won the Telescopes for All award by the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

Telescopes for All is a collaboration between the International Astronomical Union Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO), Stars Shine for Everyone (Sterren Schitteren voor Iedereen, SSVI) and Universe Awareness/University of Leiden. The programme seeks to broaden the horizons of children, parents and educators alike, to spark an interest in science, and to promote equal opportunities for pursuing a career in astronomy. The Telescopes for All programme is one of the legacy actions arising from the IAU100 celebrations and follows the successful collaboration in 2019. The 17 telescopes were donated by BRESSER.

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Telescopes For All Brunei Darussalam

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) in collaboration with Sterren Schitteren voor Iedereen (Stars Shine for Everyone – SSVI) & Leiden University/Universe Awareness (UNAWE) will distribute 15 telescopes to underserve communities around the world. These special telescopes were signed by astronauts and scientists including three Nobel Prize winners. It can be yours!

Join the project now www.bruneiastronomy.org/telescopes4all

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Siaran Akhbar: 100 000 Orang dari 110 Negara Memilih Nama Exoplanet Sempena Ulang Tahun IAU yang ke-100

Selasa, 17 Disember 2019
Disediakan oleh Nur Bazilah binti Zainal Abidin
Persatuan Astronomi Negara Brunei Darussalam selaku IAU National Outreach Coordinator

Paris โ€“ Sebanyak 110 pasangan nama exoplanet dan bintang induknya diberikan nama melalui kempen IAU100 NameExoWorlds telah diumumkan di sidang media di Paris pada 17 Disember 2019. Bersempena ulang tahun Kesatuan Astronomi Antarabangsa (IAU) yang ke-100 pada tahun ini, kempen di peringkat nasional telah dianjurkan di 110 negara yang melibatkan penyertaan lebih dari 780,000 orang di seluruh dunia, untuk mencadangkan dan memilih nama-nama bagi setiap exoplanet dan bintang induk negara masing-masing.

Projek IAU100 NameExoWorlds telah melihat penyertaan yang meluas dan besar-besaran di seluruh dunia untuk memberikan masyarakat umum peluang untuk mencadangkan nama-nama sistem exoplanet yang bermakna, kreatif dan unik bagi negara masing-masing. Penganjuran ini adalah kali yang kedua dalam sejarah di mana sebuah kempen telah menghasilkan penamaan bintang dan exoplanet. Pada keseluruhannya, sebanyak 360,000 cadangan nama telah diterima dari 110 negara. Penganjur program di setiap negara telah menyenarai pendekkan nama-nama yang dicadangkan, dan seterusnya dibukakan bagi pemilihan melalui undian kepada orang ramai. Seramai 420,000 orang telah mengundi calon-calon nama yang diberikan. Projek ini akan memberikan kesan yang berkekalan di mana nama-nama yang dipilih sebagai pemenang akan digunakan selari dengan tatanama saintifik yang sedia ada dengan penghargaan kepada individu, kumpulan ataupun institusi yang telah mencadangkan nama tersebut.

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Press Release: 100 000s of People from 110+ Countries Select Names for Exoplanet Systems In Celebration of IAUโ€™s 100th Anniversary

By the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam

Paris – More than 110 sets of names of exoplanets and host stars named in the IAU100 NameExoWorlds campaigns were announced at a press conference in Paris (France) on 17 December 2019. Within the framework of the International Astronomical Unionโ€™s 100th anniversary commemorations (IAU100) in 2019, more than 110 countries organised national campaigns that stimulated the direct participation of over 780 000 people worldwide, who proposed and selected names for each exoplanet and its host star. 

The IAU100 NameExoWorlds project saw massive and widespread participation around the world, as the public eagerly engaged in this exciting opportunity to suggest meaningful, creative and unique names for exoplanet systems for their respective countries. This is only the second time in history that a campaign has led to the naming of stars and exoplanets. Overall, 360 000 proposals for names were received from 110+ countries. The National Committee in each country reduced their proposals to a shortlist of national candidates, which were presented to the public for their votes. A total of 420 000 people voted for their preferred candidates. This project will have a lasting impact, as the winning names will be used in parallel with the existing scientific nomenclature, credited to the person, group or institution that suggested them.

“Astronomical observations over the past generation have now discovered over 4000 planets orbiting other stars โ€” called exoplanets. The number of discoveries continues to double about every 2ยฝ years, revealing remarkable new planet populations and putting our own Earth and Solar System in perspective. Statistically, most of the stars in the sky are likely to be orbited by their own planets โ€” they are everywhere,โ€ said Eric Mamajek, co-chair of the NameExoWorlds Steering Committee. โ€œWhile astronomers catalogue their new discoveries using telephone-number-like designations, there has been growing interest amongst astronomers and the public alike in also assigning proper names, as is done for Solar System bodies,โ€ Mamajek continued. 

Official NameExoWorlds result for Brunei Darussalam
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Official NameExoWorlds Results Announcement by IAU

A press conference to present the official results of the NameExoWorlds campaign to name more than 100 exoplanets and host stars by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) will be held on Tuesday, 17 December 2019 at 6 pm (Brunei Time) from Observatoire de Paris, Salle Cassini.

A live streaming of the session is available via Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=we4E8Yuc0Nc

Brunei berpeluang menamakan planet, bintang

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Isnin, 5 Ogos. – Kesatuan Astronomi Antarabangsa (International Astronomical Union – IAU) menganugerahkan Negara Brunei Darussalam sebuah planet dan sebutir bintang induknya pada 2 Ogos 2019 untuk diberikan nama yang sesuai oleh rakyat negara ini.

Pihak IAU memperuntukkan sebuah planet dan bintangnya kepada setiap negara di dunia untuk dinamakan.

Brunei Darussalam turut diberikan sebutir bintang HD 179949 dan sebuah planet gergasi bergas (exoplanet HD 179949b) yang terletak dalam buruj Sagittarius untuk dinamakan.

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See lunar eclipse in Brunei skies at Dawn on July 17, 2019

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

  • A partial lunar eclipse will occur just before dawn on Wednesday, July 17, in Brunei Darussalam. The next total lunar eclipse is on 26 May 2021
  • For Brunei, 65 per cent of the Moon is in the Earth’s shadow or Umbra when it is close to setting in the western sky
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World Wide Development in Astronomy (WWDA) Visit to Brunei Darussalam

Report by Boonrucksar Soonthornthum, National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand, Ministry of Science & Technology, Thailand

Source: IAU Information Bulletin 109 (Download)

Background Information

Brunei Darussalam is a small Kingdom in South-East Asia located on the northern shore of the island of Borneo. The state’s major industry on petroleum makes Brunei Darussalam a prosperous and progressive country, with a population of approximately 400,000 (July 2010). Brunei has the second highest Human Development Index among South East Asia nations, after Singapore, and is classified as a Developed Country.

Boonrucksar Soonthornthum visited Brunei Darussalam during July 13-19, 2011 and Hakim Malasan, during July 16-19, 2011, with the following objectives:

  • To introduce the roles of South-East Asian countries for promoting and supporting the missions of World Wide Development in Astronomy (WWDA)
  • To introduce the recent development of Astronomy in South-East Asia especially the initiation of South-East Asian Astronomy Network (SEAAN) and the establishment of the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand, which will serve as a national institute in astronomy in Thailand and one of the center for the international collaboration in astronomy in the South-East Asian countries
  • To promote the activity on the International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) and encourage Brunei Darussalam to organise a national competition on Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad and send the national team to join the IOAA
  • To explore the astronomical activities organised in Brunei Darussalam, to promote astronomy to this country and to seek for the possible future collaboration both astronomy education and research

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Member of International Astronomical Union Meets PABD

Professor Boonrucksar Soonthornthum (IAU) with members of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam
Professor Boonrucksar Soonthornthum (IAU) with members of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam

Professor Boonrucksar Soonthornthum (IAU) with members of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam
Professor Boonrucksar Soonthornthum (IAU) with members of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam

Professor Boonrucksar Soonthornthum (IAU) with members of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam
Professor Boonrucksar Soonthornthum (IAU) with members of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam

Above: Professor Boonrucksar Soonthornthum (IAU)ย with members of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam. More Photos.

Bandar Seri Begawan – Brunei Darussalam Astronomical Society had a discussion with Professor Boonrucksar Soonthornthum, Director of National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT),ย yesterdayย afternoon (16 July 2011).

Among the purposes of the meeting is to promote astronomy education and popularizing astronomy in this country. Boonrucksar who is also the national members of International Astronomy Union (IAU) wishes the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam, and Brunei in general, to establish cooperation with South-East Asian Astronomy Network (SEAAN). This network serves South-East Asian countries to collaborate and strengthen Astronomical research activities in this region.

Briefing on the International Astronomy Union information is also presented by Professor Boonrucksar Soonthornthum. He explained that “Thailand has become a national member of the IAU in 2006 and currently there are 70 countries or national members.” Currently, Brunei has not been a candidate to become the member of the IAU.

A report summary on Education and Popularisation of Astronomy Session in 10th Asia Pacific Regional IAU Meeting (APRIM). Brunei was reported having no Astronomers.
A report summary on Education and Popularisation of Astronomy Session in 10th Asia Pacific Regional IAU Meeting (APRIM). Brunei was reported having no Astronomers.

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NARIT has a number of modern observatories. Among themย is the Thai National Observatory is located in the Province of Chiang Mai houses a 2.4 meter telescope. Attract also established five fruits and k. Public Observatories One of the prototype is located in Southern Thailand (about the same latitude as Brunei) and Professor Boonrucksar Suggested that this observatoy to be one of the research center for Islamic Astronomy. These observatories are expected to be in operation in 2012, next year.

Present at the meeting were Exco PABD: Dk Ratna (Treasurer), Hj Julaihi (Deputy Secretary-I), Pg Shahdani (Deputy Secretary II) and Dyg Salmah (Exco member). Also participating in the discussions is Dr Dr Hj Norarfan Hj Zainal, Deputy Raes of Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College (Kupu SB).

Download a full report IAU Information Bulletin Jan 2012 (Source http://www.iau.org/static/publications/IB109.pdf)