L-Għaqda Maltija tal-Astronomija

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

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