Would you like the chance to experience something out of this world? The Italian Cultural Institute will be hosting a variety of hands-on exhibits, from the lens of your camera straight up to space!
Join the Institute of Space Sciences and Astronomy (ISSA) and their impressive telescopes outside the Italian Cultural Institute for a night of star-gazing and planet spotting! The researchers will show visitors how the telescopes work and give you the opportunity to see outer space objects like the planets Saturn, Jupiter and Mars as well as star clusters and nebulae.
Researchers will also be on hand to explain the most recent projects of the Institute – including the Space Debris Project. They are developing a system to detect and track debris in space so as to protect satellites in orbit, a collaborative initiative between ISSA, the Instituto Nazionale di Astrofisica and the Agenzia Spaziale Italiana. You can also hear about another project called Square Kilometre Array (SKA) – where scientists across the globe are working together to build the largest radio telescope that has ever been built!
Want to learn how to capture images of outer space? This event will also include an exhibition of Astrophotography by ISSA researchers and The Astronomical Society of Malta as well as tips and tricks on how to take photos like this yourself!
Joining them will be Kids in Orbit with a chance to experience TRAPPIST 1, a system of planets around a star 40 light years away! How do astronomers hunt down these exoplanets? Mark Glasdwish will show you how we can find these far away planets that may have the conditions to harbour life!
How does the light captured by a camera transpire into a photograph?
Continuing on the snapshot thread of ISSA, the Malta Photographic Society will be demonstrating the Science of Light through photography. Examine different shapes like a cone, a square or a ball and experiment with light to see how different effects can be created depending on how the light is shone.
Next, experiment with the lighting used by famous artists like Rembrandt using a light source and a real life model.
Also on display will be different lenses and experts at hand to explain how they work and help you to achieve the desired results when taking your pictures.
So don’t be camera shy! Come and get behind one!