Two upcoming events in the coming weeks – (i) an observing session at Dwejra (in collaboration with ISSA and DLĦ) and (ii) a lecture by honorary member Prof. Godfrey Baldacchino.
Saturday, 28 May 2016 – Observation at Dwejra (Gozo)
The Institute of Space Sciences & Astronomy (ISSA) of the University of Malta, in collaboration with The Astronomical Society of Malta and Din l-Art Helwa, invites the general public to a night under starry skies at one of the few remaining dark sites on our islands: Dwejra in Gozo.
We shall be meeting at Dwejra Tower at 8pm for an overview of the night sky. Astrophysicists and amateur astronomers will be at hand to answer questions about astronomy by the general public. As the skies darken and the stars start coming out, we shall train our telescopes on a variety of celestial objects, particularly the planet Mars which will be at its closest point to Earth (perigee) just a couple of days later. We also intend to have a telescope set up to project live images of celestial objects.
Both adults and (especially!) children are welcome to this event! In the event of overcast skies or other unfavourable weather conditions, we’ll have a line up of astronomy-themed documentaries and movies and, lest you forget, the previously mentioned cohort of astronomers on site whom you can question about anything space-related.
To attend this event, it is *REQUIRED* that you register your name and email address on this form here:
Space at the tower is limited, so we do have to know numbers in advance. Acceptance will be on a first-come, first served basis.
Since this event is being held at Dwejra Tower, which is under the auspicies of Din l-Art Helwa, we suggest a donation of 2€ to this organisation. You will be helping them to continue their sterling work in caring for important historical sites all over the Maltese islands.
We look forward to seeing you at Dwejra for what should be a wonderful evening under the stars!
Wednesday, 1 June 2016 at 6pm
Faculty of Arts Library, 3rd Floor, Old Humanities Building, University of Malta, Tal-Qroqq Campus
The 21st century has opened with, on one hand, tales of impending eco-catastrophe resulting from anthropogenic climate change; but also, in stark contrast, new bouts of optimistic belief in science and geo-engineering in their ability to offering solutions to humankind’s problems. Forefront in this burst of ‘solutionism’ is the Planet Mars: closest neighbour to Earth, and the planet best placed to host human settlement within our Solar System.
In an illustrated talk entitled Utopia(s) beyond the Earth: How and why Mars beckons, Professor Godfrey Baldacchino will describe the fascination with, and fear of Mars (and Martians) that has gripped many, especially in the last 150 years or so; moving on to critique the shift in our perception of ‘The Red Planet’ from a site of mystery and suspicion to becoming a potential laboratory for experimentation involving transposing life from Earth . . .