2019 marks 50 years since mankind first set foot on our nearest cosmic neighbour, on the night between July 20th and 21st. As such the Astronomical Society of Malta is organizing an event on July 16th, starting off with a talk by Dr Gordon Caruana Dingli at the KSU common room at the University of Malta. An extremely interesting exhibition of memorabilia and other items related to the moon landings shall be set up by Mr Alessandro Bajada at the KSU common room itself for all those attending to view. Some other related items, such as the Moon for All Mankind initiative, shall also be displayed.
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.