The role of amateur observatories in falak education in malaysia

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This article discusses the history and role of amateur observatories in Malaysia. To date, there are eight official observatories in Malaysia, excluding hilal sighting stations and amateur observatories. Nonetheless, studies on observatory, especially on amateur ones, are limited. Therefore, this study is undertaken to take a closer look at the history of amateur observatory development in Malaysia. In addition, this article also discusses the role that amateur observatories play in the aspect of falak education in Malaysia. This study completely used a qualitative approach based on primary and secondary sources via the method of document analysis, interviews and observation. Results found that there are several amateur observatories which are privately built in Malaysia, among which are Dr. Rowi’s Mini Observatory and Shahgazer Observatory. Both observatories are owned by amateur falak enthusiasts and play the role as a venue for falak education, especially in the field of astrophotography. Indirectly, the existence of amateur observatories can help the advancement of the science of falak in Malaysia, simultaneously re-living the glory of Islamic civilization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-48
Number of pages9
JournalMediterranean Journal of Social Sciences
Volume5
Issue number29
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

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Keywords

  • Amateur observatory
  • Astrophotography
  • Dr. rowi
  • Shahgazer

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  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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