An Astronomical Observatory for Gozo

josephcaruana/ October 23, 2019

I recall many people’s hopes for an astronomical observatory since the time I was a junior member of the Astronomical Society of Malta. Today, an MoU was signed between the University’s Institute of Space Sciences and Astronomy and the Eco-Gozo directorate within MGOZ for such a project to move forward, and we’re all very excited about what it will mean for public engagement and students’ research projects alike. There are

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Talking Space with Primary School Children

josephcaruana/ October 22, 2019

Talking to primary school children about space is possibly my favourite outreach activity. This age group invariably comes up with the best questions. Unbridled curiosity coupled with a feeling that any question is a valid one oftentimes results in very incisive questions, and diluted replies are not acceptable. If a kid is not satisfied with an answer, they will tell you so. Thus, the question of how planets form led to

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Speaking on Light Pollution

josephcaruana/ October 7, 2019

As a follow-up to my article published in the latest edition of the University of Malta’s Think magazine dealing with light pollution, I was invited by the lovely THINK team to talk about Light Pollution and Dwejra at one of their Soapbox events. It was a great opportunity to further spread the word on the importance of saving the night and conserving our Dark Sky Heritage Areas. Some photos follow

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First Management Committee Meeting of MW-Gaia

josephcaruana/ September 9, 2019

Recently we had the first management committee meeting of MW-Gaia, held at the Institute of Astronomy (IoA) of the University of Cambridge.  In parallel to this we also had the first Working Group 1 (WG1) Workshop.  Below you may find a few pictures I snapped during this meeting.  You may follow updates by visiting our Facebook Page.

Talk: ‘A History of Celestial Navigation’

josephcaruana/ April 6, 2019

On the 4th of April I was invited by the Department of Classics & Archaeology of the University of Malta to give a talk, both for members & students of the department and the general public, about a favourite topic of mine: the history of celestial navigation, i.e. how cultures have, for hundreds of years, utilised celestial objects to find their way at sea. Below follows the description of the talk

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