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    Sky-gazers bask in rare phenomenon

    Azlan Othman & Hakim Hayat

    Clear skies across the Sultanate afforded sky-gazers the beautiful double treat of a total lunar eclipse and supermoon yesterday.

    The Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD) held an observation event in front of Kompleks Perniagaan Bumiputera in Temburong District, joined by members of the public keen on catching a glimpse of the first total lunar eclipse since the last one was experienced here in July 2018.

    Some 100 astronomy enthusiasts and the public observed the rare phenomenon from along the waterfront, with the use of telescopes and binoculars provided by PABD. They also participated in an online quiz competition on the eclipse phenomenon.

    Acting Temburong District Officer cum guest of honour Pengiran Muhammad Ameer Mubarak bin Pengiran Haji Hashim and PABD President Haji Mahadi bin Haji Mohd Tahir were also present.

    This lunar eclipse coincided with the moon being at its closest (perigee) to Earth, hence named a supermoon. It was the total eclipse of the biggest full moon of the year.

    Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Othman joins others at the religious event. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR & AZLAN OTHMAN
    ABOVE & BELOW: Star-gazers in the Sultanate enjoyed a double treat of a total lunar eclipse and supermoon during an observation session in Temburong District yesterday. The event’s highlight was the total eclipse of the supermoon at 7.11pm, when the moon passed directly behind the Earth, and was positioned in the Earth’s dark shadow. This rare phenomenon lasted 14 minutes and 30 seconds.

    The phenomenon observed near the Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Bridge

    The highlight of the event was the total eclipse of the supermoon at 7.11pm, when the moon passed directly behind the Earth, and was positioned in the Earth’s dark shadow, known as the Umbra. The moon appeared reddish in colour during this period, and 14 per cent larger than normal. This rare phenomenon lasted 14 minutes and 30 seconds.

    The event was a joint collaboration between the Temburong District Office, Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) and Kolej International Graduate Studies (KIGS) Astronomy Club, with support from the Temburong Survey Section, Ministry of Development.

    Meanwhile, special prayers were held at mosques, suraus and religious halls nationwide to mark the occasion.

    The focal point was the Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque in the capital, with Imam Haji Hamdini bin Haji Garif leading the special prayers, while Mosque Officer Zulkifli bin Haji Murat read a special sermon, and Mosque Officer Mohamad Hasanal bin Haji Mohammad leading the Isyak prayers.

    Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Othman, Deputy Minister of Religious Af-fairs Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) Haji Mohammad Rosli bin Haji Ibrahim and Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary at the MoRA Haji Abdul Rajid bin Haji Mohd Salleh attended.

    The sermon discussed how the eclipse depicted Allah the Almighty’s supremacy and greatness. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) urged Ummah to carry out good deeds including reciting Doa, Zikir, praying, giving alms, performing Takbir and Istighfar during eclipses. The sermon also touched on the need for Ummah to repent, perform pious act and to avoid wrong doings.

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