Catch the close pairing of the Moon and Venus

Bandar Seri Begawan – There will be a close pairing of the moon and the planet Venus, a perfect chance to all stargazers to enjoy witnessing an astronomical event with family and friends this Hari Raya.

Close Pairing of Moon and Venus on August 09 and 10, 2013
Close Pairing of Moon and Venus on August 09 and 10, 2013

Gaze the western horizon on these days August 9 and 10, 2013, just after sunset, at around 6:35 pm and you will be greeted with a beautiful sight: the crescent moon beside a very bright star-like object, the planet Venus. The event will be visible to the naked eye and does not require any special equipment. Clear sky and Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Partial lunar eclipse on April 26 2013

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.

Eclipse Time
Moon enters penumbra: 2013 Apr 26 02:01:31
Moon enters umbra: 2013 Apr 26 03:51:35
Maximum eclipse: 2013 Apr 26 04:07:16
Moon leaves umbra: 2013 Apr 26 04:23:07
Moon leaves penumbra: 2013 Apr 26 06:13:05

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

Spectacular celestial conjunctions on Dec 25 2012

Planet and Lunar Conjunctions on Dec 25 2012
Planet and Lunar Conjunctions on Dec 25 2012

The moon, mighty Jupiter and bright stars cluster of Pleiades appear in celestial conjunction on the night of Dec 25, 2012. Stargazers will be able to see the moon is closed to the planet and stars cluster through the night sky. A great opportunity to all astrophotographers in Brunei to capture the spectacular event.

Total Eclipse of the Moon on Dec 10, 2011

Total Eclipse of the Moon on Dec 10, 2011
Total Eclipse of the Moon on Dec 10, 2011

The Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam and the Survey Department of Brunei will organise a Lunar Eclipse observation for the public:

Date: 10 December 2011 (Saturday)

Time: 7 pm until 1 am

Venue: Waterfront, Bandar Seri Begawan (click here)

Circumstances of the Eclipse (Local Brunei Times)

P1 Moon enters penumbra: 2011 Dec 10 19:34
U1 Moon enters umbra: 2011 Dec 10 20:46
U2 Start of totality: 2011 Dec 10 22:06
Maximum eclipse: 2011 Dec 10 22:32
U3 End of totality: 2011 Dec 10 22:58
U4 Moon leaves umbra: 2011 Dec 11 00:18
P4 Moon leaves penumbra: 2011 Dec 11 01:30


Magnitude and Duration

Umbral magnitude: 1.111
Penumbral magnitude: 2.212
Duration of total phase: 0h 52m 16s
Duration of umbral phase: 3h 32m 54s
Duration of penumbral phase: 5h 59m 53s

Live Eclipse Webcasts:
+ Sky Watchers Association of North Bengal, India + AWB National Coordinator for the Philippines + Astronomylive.com + Astronation, Germany + Sloosh Space Camera

More info [Click Here]

Sabit Anak Bulan Ramadhan 1428H

Lihat gambar anak bulan yang berumur kira-kira 22 jam telah di ambil pada petang 13 September 2007. Jelas, walaupun pada fasa baru, permukaan bulan masih kelihatan disebabkan oleh “Earthshine” ataupun pantulan daripada cahaya matahari oleh bumi.

Anak bulan yang berumur kira-kira 22 jam telah di ambil pada petang 13 September 2007.
Anak bulan yang berumur kira-kira 22 jam telah di ambil pada petang 13 September 2007.
Anak bulan yang berumur kira-kira 22 jam telah di ambil pada petang 13 September 2007.
Anak bulan yang berumur kira-kira 22 jam telah di ambil pada petang 13 September 2007.

Red Moon Rising

Path of the Moon through the Earth’s shadow during the eclipse.
Path of the Moon through the Earth’s shadow during the eclipse.

A total lunar eclipse is set to occur tomorrow on August 28 and will be visible in Brunei between 6.25pm and 8.24pm.

Unlike the previous partial lunar eclipse on 8 Sept last year, this eclipse would be a total. It will be a  very spectacular cosmic event as the entire moon will pass the earth`s shadow.

In Brunei, the two-hour lunar eclipse can be observed right after the moon rises at 6:25 pm local time.

Eclipse watchers should be able to see the moon rising low in the eastern horizon and to appear reddish-brown because the earth blocks most of the sunlight to the moon.

Local moon altitude on August 28, 2007
Local moon altitude on August 28, 2007

The chart shows the moon altitudes relative to the local horizon at 15-minute intervals on the 28 August 2007. Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipse is completely safe to watch.  Providing the weather was clear people can see the phenomena from their homes

The survey department of Brunei Darussalam and the Astronomical Society of Brunei will also set up telescopes at the Serasa Water Sports Complex tomorrow (28 August 2007) for the public to view the eclipse from 6.00 pm till 9.00 pm.

The next eclipse visible in Brunei will be a partial lunar eclipse on 17 August next year.

// For Press Release

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