Bandar Seri Begawan – The planet Mercury will transit in front of the sun on 11 November and ends on 12 November (Brunei Time). The passage will take for a total of 5h 28m 48s and will be visible from America, Europe, Africa and Western Asia. The phenomenon will not be visible from South East Asia including Brunei Darussalam and Australia.
Planet transit takes place in stages and the followings are the key time of contacts (Brunei Time) : I (first external contact of Mercury with the Sun’s disk): 20h 35m 26s II (first internal contact of Mercury with the solar disk) : 20h 37m 08s Greatest (distance between the planet’s disk and the sun’s centre at minimum): 23h 19m 48s III (last internal contact): 2h 02m 33s IV (last external contact): 2h 04m 14s
Mercury transit happens about 13 or 14 per century, and this is the last one for 13 years. The next one is on November 12, 2032.
Kuala Belait – The International Space Station (ISS) flew exactly in front of the Moon on Thursday morning, Sep 19, 2019 at precisely 05:29:46.49 am for 0.61 seconds.
Despite of the hazy sky, the space station passing in front of the moon which takes less than a second was observable by a group of astrophotgraphers from the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam over Panaga, Brunei Darussalam.
Exactly 7 years ago today, on June 6, 2012, Venus passed in front of the Sun from Brunei Darussalam. This phenomenon knows as Venus Transit won’t occur for more than 100 years, the next one is on 2117 Dec 11.
Photo by Hj Mahadi, President of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam.
Due to the recent outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD) has postponed most of our public engagement activities such as stargazing, new moon observation etc. until further notice and focus on implementing Astronomy at Home or in a small group activity. This is in view of prevention and to control the spread of the infection in Brunei Darussalam.