L-Għaqda Maltija tal-Astronomija

Bright Asteroid Occultation visible from Malta (1/2 September 2016)

What is an Occultation? An occultation occurs when a solar-system body passes in front of a more distant object (e.g. a star or another solar system body), partially or totally hiding the more distant object and momentarily blocking its light. Each occultation can be seen only at the right time [...]

August 29, 2016 Patrizia Madiona Uncategorized 0

Observing the Perseid Showers – 11th August

Have you perhaps ever wondered why meteor showers occur? Or have you ever questioned why certain meteor showers tend to peak during the same time of year annually? This year, the Perseid meteor shower is set for its best show in nearly 20 years You can expect to see up [...]

August 9, 2016 Patrizia Madiona Uncategorized 0

The Milky Way project

Have you ever seen the Milky Way, that band of light made up by countless thousands of stars within our own galaxy? If not, then you are affected by light pollution. A dark sky is key to seeing the Milky Way – so head towards our countryside for a totally [...]

August 1, 2016 Patrizia Madiona Uncategorized 0

The 3rd Variable Star Discovery from Malta & Discovery Circumstances

The 3rd variable star has been discovered recently by ASM member Stephen M. Brincat – Flarestar Observatory in collaboration with Winston Grech. The star catalogued as UCAC4 472-112478 was discovered to be a W Ursa Majoris (W UMa) type eclipsing binary. Prior to this study, the star was not known [...]

July 30, 2016 Patrizia Madiona Uncategorized 0

ASM Newsletter – Article Submissions from Members

The ASM Newsletter has been re-continued this year after a lengthy absence, now with a completely fresh new look and even more exciting tips of information on our universe! The newsletter has also been moved from a bi-monthly to a monthly issue, which allows for double the content to be included [...]

July 21, 2016 Patrizia Madiona Uncategorized 0

New world atlas of artificial sky brightness

The new world atlas of artificial sky brightness was published in the journal Science Advances. A copy of the paper may be downloaded from the following URL advances.sciencemag.org/content/advances/2/6/e1600377.full.pdf This is a seminal publication and we believe it is essential that everyone reads it and understands its consequences. You can explore [...]

June 11, 2016 admin Uncategorized 1