Because Gozo is a small island with a rugged, unspoiled and under-developed coastline, it gives nature lovers, stargazers and astronomers the rare chance to witness the most amazing dark skies over an open sea. Certain areas within Gozo are ideal for stargazing as they have very little light pollution. This makes it far easier to spot and identify constellations while acknowledging the glory and vastness of our universe. Locations such as Dwejra are a fantastic place to see stars, planets, space stations, the annual Perseid meteor showers, eclipses and of course The Milky Way over Fungus Rock.
In fact, the area around Dwejra Tower has been designated as a Natura 2000 site. (Natura 2000 is a core network of breeding and nesting habitats for rare and threatened species, stretching across all 28 EU countries, both on land and at sea). This important site also has Dark Sky Heritage Area (DSHA) status, which is intended to recognise and protect regions that exhibit low levels of light pollution. Dwejra, a site of scientific, natural, educational, and cultural importance, has beautiful starry nights to offer.
For this reason, Dwejra Tower often co-hosts stargazing events with Maltese astronomy expert, Dr Joseph Caruana from the University of Malta.
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!