L-Għaqda Maltija tal-Astronomija

‘Alien life in the universe’ by Victor Farrugia

Tuesday, 27 May 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at Stella Maris College, Gżira. Access to the lecture room is through Emmanuel Drive via E. Giordano Street and parking within the College grounds. Thanks to the College, in particular the Director Bro. David Mizzi, for allowing us to hold this activity at [...]

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Possible new meteor shower from Comet 209P/LINEAR

P. Jenniskens, SETI Institute et. al. report that a new meteor shower may be visible for observers in the United States and southern parts of Canada between 2014 May 24d 06h03m and 8h09mUT, with peak activity most likely between 6h33m and 7h49m UT. The new shower is anticipated because the [...]

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Lunar occultation

Occultation In the evening of Sunday, 4 May 2014, the waxing crescent Moon will occult (hide) the bright star Lambda Geminorum in the constellation Gemini, the Twins. The 3.6-magnitude star will disappear at the Moon’s east limb (edge) at 10:39 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST) at position angle 70°. [...]

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The zodiacal light

During springtime the evening sky will show a faint band of light rising up the western ecliptic. It is the zodiacal light, formed by sunlight reflecting off countless dust particles which are situated on the ecliptic plane. The photo shows the faint triangular shape of the zodiacal light as it [...]

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Mars closest to the Earth

This month Mars will make its closest approach to the Earth since 2007, coming to within 92.4 million km of us on the 14th. At that time, six days after opposition, Mars will be an inviting target in Virgo, shining brilliantly at magnitude -1.5. Leonard Ellul Mercer took his first [...]

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First ring system around asteroid

Observations at many sites in South America, including ESO’s La Silla Observatory, have made the surprise discovery that the remote asteroid Chariklo is surrounded by two dense and narrow rings. This is the smallest object by far found to have rings and only the fifth body in the Solar System [...]

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