2020 Sep 12 Stargazing at HAGAP

Bandar Seri Begawan – About 15 children guests at Homestay Alai Gayoh Anak Pulau (HAGAP), Tutong, were treated to an amazing night for stargazing on September 12, 2020.

The stargazing @ HAGAP was facilitated by 11 members of The Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD). The session was planned to start at 7 pm at the front lawn, but a thin blanket of clouds and drizzles continuing until pre dawn which put the observation on hold. But, the rest of the sky was clear until sunrise.

Cikgu Benson bin Tunggong, the owner of Homestay Alai Gayoh Anak Pulau (HAGAP) in Bukit Udal, Tutong with some of the children guests (Photo by PABD)
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Stargazing @ HAGAP

Homestay Alai Gayoh Anak Pulau (HAGAP), Jalan Kecil Bukit Kukob, Kampong Bukit Udal, Tutong

Pemakluman Awam: Pelantikan Rektor UNISSA sebagai Penasihat PABD

Ahli-ahli Jawatankuasa Eksekutif Persatuan Astronomi Negara Brunei Darussalam (PABD) dan seluruh warga persatuan merakamkan setinggi-tinggi ucapan tahniah kepada Yang Mulia Dr Haji Norarfan bin Haji Zainal, Rektor Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), di atas lantikan sebagai Penasihat Persatuan Astronomi Negara Brunei Darussalam.

Penambahan bagi ahli Penasihat PABD telah termaktub di dalam pindaan perlembagaan PABD dengan kebenaran daripada Pertubuhan Pendaftar Negara Brunei Darussalam, Polis Diraja Brunei, melalui surat bilangan rujukan BPD 25/1133 Vol.I bertarikh 17 Muharram 1442H bersamaan 05 September 2020.

2020 Aug 29 Stargazing at Warisan Puk Balaban

Stargazing and camping go hand in hand to enjoy the beauty of our universe.

More than 30 students of Tanjong Maya secondary school enjoyed their ultimate first time stargazing experience at Warisan Puk Balaban on August 29, 2020.

Close conjunction of Saturn and the Moon at about 2 degrees separation on August 29, 2020 from Puk Balaban, Tutong (Photo by Dr Hjh Roslynna Hj Rosli of PABD)
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Stardom for Brunei’s gemstones

by Aziz Idris
Borneo Bulletin’s Features
August 3, 2020

The next time you look up at the night sky and see a blinking star, chances are you are staring at Gumala, a star in the southern constellation of Sagittarius.

Brunei Darussalam was among the 112 countries that took their love for astronomy to the next level when it entered a competition by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) to name recently-discovered exoplanets and their stars.

The campaign, dubbed the IAU100 NameExoWorlds, was held to mark the organisation’s 100th year anniversary and attracted over 780,000 entries.

The participants were encouraged to name their celestial objects in their respective languages in conjunction with the United Nations’ (UN’s) International Year of Indigenous Languages.

Pengiran Mohammad Rezal bin Pengiran Haji Osman drew inspiration from Brunei’s precious gemstones when naming the star and the exoplanet. PHOTO: AZIZ IDRIS

IAU, the only organisation mandated to name everything in space, said the star was named Gumala and the exoplanet Mastika, thanks to the participation of Bruneian Pengiran Mohammad Rezal bin Pengiran Haji Osman.

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Gerhana Matahari Memukau

Oleh Lyna Mohamad
Gambar oleh Bahyiah Bakir
Media Permata

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, 21 JUN – Pemerhati dan peminat tegar astronomi di seluruh dunia termasuk di negara ini hari ini bukan sahaja berpeluang menyaksikan fenomena alam, gerhana matahari anulus (cincin), malahan terpukau dan teruja dengan keunikannya.

Fenomena yang berlaku ketika bulan melintasi antara bumi dan matahari – tidak terlalu hampir dengan bumi dan tidak terlindung sepenuhnya daripada cahaya, meninggalkan kesan lingkaran yang boleh dilihat.

Gerhana matahari cincin itu berlaku dalam tempoh satu atau dua tahun dan hanya boleh dilihat dari laluan sempit melintasi planet. Ketika fenomena itu berlaku, beberapa kawasan akan bergelap selama satu minit 22 saat.

Negara Brunei Darussalam melalui Persatuan Astronomi Brunei Darussalam (PABD) turut menantikan fenomena ini dan mengadakan penstriman langsung di platform media sosial mereka.

Gerhana matahari cincin yang dirakamkan di kediaman ahli PABD di Kiarong.
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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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