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Super moon coincides with equinox

Super moon coincides with equinox

Phenomenon last occurred in spring 1905 and won’t happen again until the year 2144

The third time this year a full moon has occurred near to the moon’s closest approach to the Earth – making it a supermoon – and it will be the last such event in 2019. We have been looking at the records for the occurrence of what we call supermoons today. The last time that […]

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Crowds at the Duomo for the Blood Moon

Crowds at the Duomo for the Blood Moon

some low clouds meant that sometimes the moon was partially obscured but overall it was a fine night for the once in a century event

The total eclipse is expected to last a record-breaking one hour and 43 minutes, seen in Italy from 21:30, when the moon enters the shadow of the Earth and turns red, until 23:13, when it will start to emerge and regain its normal appearance. The red moon phenomenon, also called a Blood Moon or Luna […]

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The supermoon over Barga

The supermoon over Barga

The closest full moon in the 21st century

We’re about to see a record-breaking supermoon – the biggest in nearly 70 years “The full moon of November 14 is not only the closest full moon of 2016, but also the closest full moon to date in the 21st century,” says NASA. “The full moon won’t come this close to Earth again until 25 […]

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Clouds cover the Supermoon lunar eclipse

Clouds cover the Supermoon lunar eclipse

Blood Moon is sometimes used to describe a Total Lunar Eclipse. When the Earth casts its shadow on a Full Moon and eclipses it, the Moon may get a red glow.

A frustrating night for many people in this area as just at the time when the event was supposed to happen above our head (4 am) – clouds instead gradually moving in and completely obscured the moon. What we should have seen was a total lunar eclipse which would spawn a rare and dramatic ‘supermoon’ […]

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Supermoon for San Lorenzo

Supermoon for San Lorenzo

A bright full moon meant that the shooting stars of San Lorenzo were almost hidden but here were still some beautiful sights to be seen in Barga Vecchia as the full moon rose up into the sky behind one of the lions on guard above the front door of the Duomo.

10th August is the Feast of Saint Lorenzo – the night of the shooting stars is the night when dreams come true in Italian folklore It is around this time that the Perseids meteor showers light up the night sky, allowing Italians to claim a star for their wishes. This tradition dates back to the […]

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Clouds obscure moon setting through Monte Forato

Clouds obscure moon setting through Monte Forato

The perfectly clear skies that have graced this area for the past few days clouded up this morning just as an important event was taking place – the moon setting in Monte Forato. At 3 am this morning there were 4 photographers on hand at the Duomo in Barga Vecchia attempting to capture an image […]

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A rare ‘Blue Moon’ is set to light up the sky over Barga this evening

A rare ‘Blue Moon’ is set to light up the sky over Barga this evening

A rare ‘Blue Moon’ is set to light up the sky over Barga this evening. The term refers to the second full moon in a single calendar month. It is only the third Blue Moon in more than two years and the next chance to see one will be in 2015 However, and despite its […]

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Blood red lunar eclipse

Blood red lunar eclipse

A couple of years ago there were just four of us standing up at the Duomo to watch a lunar eclipse and a pretty dismal affair it was too. In December of last year what should have been a rare event not seen in 372 years was after a long wait, unfortunately totally obscured by […]

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L’orto update – planting by the moon

Just eaten the very first object grown on the barganews vegetable garden – a single strawberry from a single strawberry plant which was donated to the project a few weeks ago. It was an exciting moment but which passed very quickly and now the fields seem even more empty and desolate than before.Funny what one […]