Portfolio 2015

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15_2015 Solar blue flash

15_2015 Solar blue flash

A standard stable atmosphere gets cooler with increasing height and the air density falls smoothly and monotonically. The lower and denser portion acts as a giant lens bending rays from the setting sun towards the earth. As a result, the rays appear to be coming from a point higher in the sky and the sun appears to be raised up (Les Cowley – atoptics.co.uk).

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14_2015 Beauties in the Twilight

14_2015 Beauties in the Twilight

“Piazza Grande” represents the city centre of Modena – a beautiful city in North of Italy. Both the magnificent 12th-century Cathedral, the Civic Tower and the square were declared UNESCO site in 1997.

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13_2015 Full Moon Apogee and Perigee

13_2015 Full Moon Apogee and Perigee

Due to its apparent size and brightness, Moon can be considered as the most observed celestial body from planet Earth. Children, adults, elderly, nobody can escape its charm. Even animals and plants! Looking at the Moon in the sky without anything to compare it to, you wouldn’t notice any size difference. But the difference in size can in fact be quite significant. The Moon’s orbit is an ellipse with the Earth at one of the foci, and it obeys Kepler’s Laws in the same way that planets do.

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12_2015 Where the Heaven smiles

12_2015 Where the Heaven smiles

Cottian Alps are located between France and Italy. Near the border, in the pure Queyras national park‬‪”Col Vieux” represents a natural terrace – 2900 metres above the sea level – where “Lac Foreant”‬ and “Crete de la Taillante” can be admired with their peculiar shape. Due to Earth’s rotation, after 3 hours of star-trails recording, some stars from the ‪‎Big Dipper‬ asterism seem to paint a light-smile upon the lake surface.

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11_2015 Last Night of Spring

11_2015 Last Night of Spring

Gonzaga Italian Dynasty ruled Mantua from 1328 to 1707 and also Montferrat, with the stronghold of Casale, from 1536 to 1707. During the Gonzaga epoch Mantua acted as a major centre for the diffusion of Renaissance trends and values, as well as an important literary and musical capital. Since 2008 has been declared UNESCO World Heritage site together with Sabbioneta.

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10_2015 Bismantova Trails

10_2015 Bismantova Trails

Bismantova Stone is one of the geological jewel of Italian Appennino Tosco-Emiliano Park. Depending on the side, it shows different aspects of its nature. From Casale slope, the imposing walls made up of distinctive sandstones called biocalcarenites, can be observed. Sticking profiles with thin ledges, dihedrons, recesses and squat towers, all are indicating the trends of stratification and fractures.

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09_2015 Canossa Castle

09_2015 Canossa Castle

Canossa Castle rises on an isolated arenaceous rock in Reggio Emilia – Italy – Lower Apennines. Surrounded by a suggestive ravines amphitheater, it was the abode of Matilde of Canossa, a powerful feudal lady who was able to dominate all the territories north of the Church States. 

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08_2015 Nova Sagittarii

08_2015 Nova Sagittarii

On March 15th 2015, a “new star” erupted in Sagittarius constellation. In seven days became the brightest star inside the main body of the Sagittarius Teapot.

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07_2015 Equinox Partial Solar Eclipse

07_2015 Equinox Partial Solar Eclipse

Spring 2015 was introduced by a wonderful Arctic eclipse of the Sun. The path of totality started northeast of Newfoundland – Canada, then curved around Greenland and Iceland without touching either of them. A partial eclipse of 60% coverage was visible from Reggio Emilia – northern Italy.

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06_2015 The Solar Vase

06_2015 The Solar Vase

When the Sun or the Moon are low upon the horizon, the most curious distortions are to be seen at times. On still, cloudless days the layers of different density are less disturbed during their formation, so that the distortions of the Sun’s edge are more frequent and may be taken to indicate a steady condition of the atmosphere, as well as a sign of fine weather. These phenomena enter their most interesting stage usually only ten minutes before sunset or last until ten minutes after sunrise.

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05_2015 Sky Wonders

05_2015 Sky Wonders

From an Earth observer point of view, Solar System’s celestial bodies can place close positions in the sky. When planets and the Moon have this perspective proximity, the best conjunctions can be observed.

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04_2015 The Hunter

04_2015 The Hunter

Orion is definitely the most magnificent among the constellations. It is visible from each region of planet Earth and, due to the prospectic presence of three stars in the middle and two of the ten brightest stars in the whole constellation, it results one of the easiest night sky figure to recognize. In Greek mythology, the hunter Orion was the most handsome of men. He was the son of the sea god Poseidon and Euryale, the daughter of King Minos of Crete. In Homer’s Odyssey, Orion is described as exceptionally tall and armed with an unbreakable bronze club.

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03_2015 Planets Venus and Mercury

03_2015 Planets Venus and Mercury

In astronomy, the term elongation can be used to refer to an angular distance in celestial longitude separating the Moon or a planet from the Sun. The two inferior planets Mercury and Venus are normally most readily visible around greatest elongation. At eastern elongation, the planet will be visible in the evening sky, and at western elongation it will appear before the Sun at dawn.

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02_2015 The Wolf Moon

02_2015 The Wolf Moon

According to the north American folklore, the first full Moon after the December solstice, is called the “Wolf Moon”. In the natural world from northern hemisphere, January is the middle of the winter season. For ancestors, it was a frightening time. Food stocks were dwindling – and from one year to the next, there was never a guarantee that they would last till Spring.

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01_2015  Rossena fortress

01_2015 Rossena fortress

The Castle of Rossena and the Tower of Rossenella, are one of the most fascinating landmarks from Enza valley. They are located in the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, northern Italy, and were erected almost 1000 years ago in order to defend the nearby Castle of Canossa.

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