The Institute of Space Sciences & Astronomy and The Astronomical Society of Malta are organising an astronomy night for the general public on the evening of Saturday, 24th August at the Dwejra Dark Sky Heritage Area. We will observe the Milky Way and a number of celestial objects. Astronomers will be present to explain the night sky and answer any astronomy questions. If you plan to attend, please register your interest on the online Google form here. If there is a lot of interest, we might have to restrict attendance to a first-come, first-served basis.
We live in a small country which is heavily light polluted. Measurements by the Institute of Space Sciences and Astronomy (ISSA) suggest that the Milky Way is observable from less than two per cent of the area of mainland Malta.
The situation in Gozo is better, undoubtedly aided by the fact that a number of coastal areas had been designated as Dark Sky Heritage Areas (DSHAs).
One of these sites – the best one of them all – is Dwejra.