Celestial treat for lovers of astronomy

THE public will be able to witness a special celestial phenomenon when the Moon passes in front of Venus today, said the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD).

PABD is partnering with six other astronomical institutions and observatories for providing a live view of the Moon-Venus occultation from around the region, the society said.

The co-organisers of the online observation are from Malaysia – Apadilangit; Dark Sky Malaysia; Negeri Selangor Falak Association and Negeri Kelantan Amateur Astronomy-Falak Association, and Indonesia – Sunan Ampel Surabaya Astronomical Observatory and Jakarta Planetarium.

The webcast will begin today at 8.30am on www.bruneiastronomy.org and will last until 12.45pm.

The PABD said the celestial event occurs when the moon is perfectly aligned to pass in front of the brightest planet.

Venus is the third brightest celestial body in the sky after the sun and the moon.

The morning planet shines brightly at magnitude -4.1, which is easily visible in broad daylight for many experienced observers.

The next occultations of Venus will be on March 24, 2023, followed by May 27, 2039. — Borneo Bulletin/ANN

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