L-Għaqda Maltija tal-Astronomija

Supernova In M82

Approximately 12 million years ago, a white dwarf star in the galaxy M82 exploded. This week, light from the distant supernova finally reached Earth. Amateur astronomers can see it through backyard telescopes as a fireball of magnitude +11.2 in one of the galaxy’s dusty spiral arms. Leonard Ellul-Mercer photographed it [...]

January 23, 2014 admin Uncategorized 0

Jovial company: Our largest planetary neighbor pays a close visit

Jupiter came closest to Earth last weekend, and will dominate the sky all this month. As a bonus, it ascends higher up than it will again until the year 2023. So we have ideal conditions for observing this most dynamic planet in the known universe. Jupiter is in Gemini, but [...]

January 18, 2014 admin Uncategorized Comments Off on Jovial company: Our largest planetary neighbor pays a close visit

Huge sunspot

One of the biggest sunspots in years is crossing the centre of the solar disk. Named ‘AR1944,’ it appears as a large bipolar F-type group with a large leading penumbral sunspot and several smaller penumbral following spots. This type of group can lead to many solar flares. Observations over the [...]

January 9, 2014 admin Uncategorized Comments Off on Huge sunspot

Hiddens costs of light pollution

Have a look at a great video below, on the hidden costs of light pollution. The globe has never been so electrified. Today, most of Europe, the United States, and all of Japan appear as solid blocks of light in satellite photos. Meanwhile, the stars have been all but extinguished [...]

January 6, 2014 admin Uncategorized Comments Off on Hiddens costs of light pollution

How bad is light pollution?

Light pollution is an ever-growing problem that is blocking out the night sky in major cities, obscuring all but the moon and a few bright stars and planets. Bob Parks, executive director of the International Dark Sky Association joins “CBS This Morning: Saturday” to discuss what can be done to [...]

December 2, 2013 admin Uncategorized Comments Off on How bad is light pollution?

Parts of Comet ISON seem to have survived perihelion passage

Comet ISON continues to surprise us. The comet flew through the Sun’s atmosphere on November 28 and the encounter did not go well for the icy comet. Just before perihelion (closest approach to the Sun) the comet rapidly faded and appeared to disintegrate. This prompted reports of ISON’s demise. However, [...]

November 29, 2013 admin Uncategorized Comments Off on Parts of Comet ISON seem to have survived perihelion passage