L-Għaqda Maltija tal-Astronomija

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 [...]

April 30, 2014 admin Uncategorized Comments Off on The zodiacal light

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 [...]

April 4, 2014 admin Uncategorized Comments Off on Mars closest to the Earth

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 [...]

March 26, 2014 admin Uncategorized Comments Off on First ring system around asteroid

“Astronomical Misconceptions” by Dr Phil Sadler

The Astronomical Society of Malta would like to thank Dr Phil Sadler as well as the numerous audience attending, for a memorable evening. Thanks are due also to Leonard E. Mercer for his latest movie collage of galaxy astrophotos. Photo by Rennie Grixti. [...]

March 20, 2014 admin Uncategorized 1

Misconceptions in astronomy

Our next event (full details now available) “Astronomical Misconceptions” by Dr Philip M. Sadler 18 March 2014 at 18.30hrs at the University of Malta (Gateway Hall E). Whether teaching or working with the public, a daunting problem is that children and adults alike hold beliefs about how the natural world [...]

March 7, 2014 admin Uncategorized 1

Next event – “Digital Apollo” by Dr Mario Aloisio

Digital Apollo: How computers helped with the manned lunar landings by Dr Mario Alosio Tuesday 22 April at 18.30hrs at our Paola premises. Today’s processors inside hand-held devices are vastly superior to the most advanced computers of the 1960s that were used for space flight and other critical applications. Yet [...]

February 18, 2014 admin Uncategorized Comments Off on Next event – “Digital Apollo” by Dr Mario Aloisio