Baitul Hilal Complex
(Teluk Kemang Observatory) – Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.
Space and what is beyond our skies have always been an interesting subject. Some go deeper with their curiosity driving them to learn more. After all the stars, moons, planets, and of course the sun are out of reach for most people. Still it is nice to be able to look at them up close via a telescope but then again such telescopes are way out of the average person’s budget.
Fortunately for those with an interest in outer space, there are places that we can go to to see the stars, moons, planets, and even the sun without having to break the bank or our wallets. One of these places is Baitul Hilal Complex (Teluk Kemang Observatory) in Teluk Kemang (Kemang Bay), Port Dickson.
A dome with a telescope to observe the sun.
The Baitul Hilal Complex (Teluk Kemang Observatory) was built in 2012 (completion) with a total cost of RM38 million. It was built to do research in the field of astronomy and to view the moon (to confirm the date of Ramadan as well as to learn about the tide). The Baitul Hilal Complex (Teluk Kemang Observatory) has a 24 inch telescope and three tracking telescopes to track the moon, sun, etc.
A huge telescope that observes things like asteroids, moons, stars, etc.
Visitors can go into the observatory to view pictures and videos of the moon, meteors, and even the sun. Visitors can also visit the telescope and view the sun from it. Worry not as powerful filters are in place to ensure that no one goes blind from viewing the sun. That said, we recommend that you do not stare at the sun without any filters and certainly not with a telescope as doing so will certainly cause you to go blind.
Viewing the sun with the telescope.
Google Maps to Baitul Hilal Complex (Teluk Kemang Observatory), Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan.
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