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First Supermoon of 2022 tonight!

The full moon occurs at 19:52 and will be visible during the whole night. It appears especially large tonight and slightly brighter due to its proximity to Earth (357,657 km) at perigee.

A supermoon or astronomically known as perigean full moon takes place when the Moon’s orbit is closest to Earth at about the same time the Moon is full. The occurrence also provides a terrific photo opportunity.

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Second largest supermoon of the year illuminates the skies over Brunei.

Chin Yu Chu snapped the supermoon rising outside his house in Sungai Tali, Liang, at 7:57 p.m. tonight, June 14, 2022.

It was a sight to behold as the Full Moon coincides the second closest approach to Earth this year.

The biggest supermoon in 2022 is set to take place next month on July 14.

(Cannon EOS100D, ISO400-1600, 1/250s, f5.6)

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A rare celestial treat for early risers!

All planet and the Moon to line-up and cross the pre-dawn sky providing an excellent photo as well as sky watching opportunity.

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter & Saturn will all visible together to the naked eyes in the coming weeks. Neptune and Uranus will also join the march but seeing them with unaided sight will be hard.

These uncommon phenomena had happened in March 1982, July 2020, and the next one is predicted in May 2161.

Catch the Great Planet Parade this week until end of June. Use our new interactive sky map (www.bruneiastronomy.org/skymap) to locate the planets and stars in our sky.

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A Big Celestial Line Up over Brunei!

Rare Great Planetary Parade easily visible to the naked eye this morning.

In order from further down: Mercury appears at the edge of the dawn sky horizon, followed by the brilliant Venus, then the red planet Mars, then the gas giant Jupiter and the lord of the ring Saturn. The furthest icy planets of Neptune and Uranus are also in the parade, but they are too dim to be noticed.

All the planets in the Solar System plus the crescent Moon are all visible in the sky this week until the end of June.

This largest celestial parade is a very significant phenomenon which occurs about once every 170 years.

Look east or toward the sunrise - the Great Planet Parade can be seen across the world in the pre-dawn hours (about 1hour before sunrise).

Also use our online sky map (www.bruneiastronomy.org/skymap) to assist your observation.

Photographs by the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD).

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Today is June Solstice

It marks the first day or mid of summer for the Northern hemisphere and winter for Southern. Today is the longest day in the North, and shortest day in the Southern hemisphere.

The fact that various location experience seasons on Earth proves that our planet does not rotate on its axis in the same plane that it orbits the Sun, but is actually tilted slightly about 23.5 degrees.

(Infographics by StarWalk)

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Catch the Grand Planet Parade tomorrow morning!

The 5 bright planets in the Solar System - Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter & Saturn - will line up and visible all at once from Brunei Darussalam. Neptune and Uranus are however very faint and require a small telescope to spot them.

It will be a special moment and excellent photo opportunity as well when the crescent Moon close to the brilliant Venus and the bright Seven Sisters (Pleiades- M45) star cluster in the constellation Taurus at dawn on June 26, 2022.

The planetary parade should be easily visible to the unaided eye if the weather is clear, and sky watchers do not need to use binoculars or a telescope to observe the celestial spectacles.

It is possible to capture decent photos of the astronomical phenomena with today’s smartphones on a tripod. Share your snaps and get them featured by tagging us & #bruneiastronomy on your stories.

Our interactive sky map (www.bruneiastronomy.org/skymap) will assist you to locate the planets and stars in the sky.
An incredible sight of the great 7-planet parade spanning across the pre-dawn sky over Brunei today!

The cloud cover started to dissipate at around 2 a.m. providing a great opportunity to observe the Grand Planet Parade before sunrise from Tutong on June 26, 2022.

A group of 9 members of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD) turned their telescopes and cameras towards the rare occurrence to see all the planets in the Solar System observable in one night. These are some of the amazing moments:
[1] [2] It was a beautiful sight. A wide-angle lens perspective of the celestial line-up.
[3] The moon in close conjunction with the morning star Venus and bright Pleiades (M45) star cluster.
[4] Moon Shadow - Jupiter’s volcanically active moon Io casts its shadow on the planet.
[5] PABD members posed with the starry night background to preserve memories.

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The United Nations (UN) observes Asteroid Day every year on 30th June to raise awareness of the risks of asteroid impacts, coordinating events worldwide to share knowledge.

It is held on the anniversary of the Tunguska impact over Siberia, Russia, on 30 June 1908, the most harmful known asteroid-related event on Earth in recent history.

Get involved and find out more at https://asteroidday.org
July Astronomical Highlights!

🌕Perigean Full Moon
☄️Comet C/2017 K2 Panstarrs
🕋Istiwa Adzam (Sun above Kaabah)
🪐Lunar conjunctions

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A special planetary parade, stargazing and meteor shower observation from a pristine darksky location in Brunei Darussalam – an experience which will forever change the way you see the night sky.

Join the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD) in an Astro-camping adventure to the most rural settlement in the sultanate.

📅Date: Friday, 29th until Sunday, 31st July 2022 (3 days 2 nights)
💲Price: BND$85 per person*
ℹ️ Limited seats available
Booking & More info: www.bruneiastronomy.org/web/astrotourism

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Powerful telescope! Beyond the stars, galaxies fill nearly the entire background.

This is a false-colour test image of James Webb Space Telescope provided by the Fine Guidance Sensor, a total of 72 exposures over 32 hours taken in early May this year.

Bright stars around HD147980 stand out with their six, long, sharply defined diffraction spikes – an effect due to Webb’s six-sided mirror segments.

In less than a week, NASA will release the first full-color images from James Webb Space Telescope on July 12, 2022.

Image by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.