Portfolio 2016

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09_2016 Lights from Parma Valley

09_2016 Lights from Parma Valley

According to the data collected by the Geophysical Observatory from University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, December 2015 has been the third hottest and driest December since 1872. A persistent high pressure area together with poor wind conditions, created frequent dense fog layers which produced low quality air in an extended area of northern Italy. The picture shows Parma valley between the cities of Parma and Reggio Emilia where Torrechiara castle dominates the landscape.

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08_2016 The Inner Planets of our Solar System

08_2016 The Inner Planets of our Solar System

In the early 1600s, Johannes Kepler discovered that both Mercury and Venus would transit the sun in 1631. It was fortunate timing: The telescope had been invented just 23 years earlier and the transits wouldn’t happen in the same year again until 13425. Kepler didn’t survive to see the transits, but French astronomer Pierre Gassendi became the first person to see the transit of Mercury (the transit of Venus wasn’t visible from Europe), (L. TavernierJPL/NASA). 

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07_2016 Standing in the Moonlight

07_2016 Standing in the Moonlight

Cinque Terre National park is one of the 51 Italian UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is located in Liguria Region over the upper west coast of Italy and includes Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The average landcape of the park is dominated by historic, spectacular, multi-colored borgoes overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and nestled between rocky reliefs and steep cliffs that are a sheer drop away from the coast.

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06_2016 The Bismantova Stone

06_2016 The Bismantova Stone

Since June 2015, the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano has been designated as UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Biosphere reserves are ‘Science for Sustainability support sites’ – special places for testing interdisciplinary approaches to understanding and managing changes and interactions between social and ecological systems, including conflict prevention and management of biodiversity.

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05_2016 Sharing the Heaven

05_2016 Sharing the Heaven

La Palma is one of the three best places in the world for astronomy. It lies in the trade winds, only about 590 km north of the tropics. This means that for most of the year, the wind blows from the north east, reaching the island after a thousand kilometers of ocean. When it hits the land, it is forced upwards, and cools. This makes any moisture condense into clouds, usually between 1.200 m an 1.800 m – well below the observatory (S.M. Crosby 2012).

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04_2016 The Suspended City

04_2016 The Suspended City

The beauty of the twilight sky is definitely one of the best poetries of nature. Thirty to thirty-five minutes after sunset, the strongest development of the purple light can be observed. Buildings facing the west horizon are flooded with a purple glow; the soil has a warm tint, as well as the trunks of trees or bodies of water.

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03_2016 Planetary conjunction

03_2016 Planetary conjunction

On January 7th 2016, the beauty of the twilight morning was enhanced by a conjunction between planets Saturn, Venus and a thin old Moon. When the Sun reached -6° under the east horizon, even some lions from “Porta Regia” seem to observe the celestial show. The door of Modena’s Cathedral was erected by Anselmo da Campione in 1175 on the south side of the church. It facies the main square of the city.

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02_2016 In the shadow

02_2016 In the shadow

Over the east horizon at sunset and the west horizon at dawn, interesting shadows can be observed. The best known is the Earth-shadow. It begins to rise almost at the same moment as the Sun begins to set or rise, respectively. It is a very striking bluish-grey segment, shifting gradually across the purple layer, and as a rule it cannot be followed further than about 6° above the horizon (M. Minnaret, 1954).

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01_2016 Vitaleta Chapel

01_2016 Vitaleta Chapel

Val d’Orcia is likely one of the most photographed valley from Tuscany region – Italy. Its beauty fuses art, landscape and ecosystem in one magnificent geographical space. According to UNESCO, the valley is an exceptional reflection of the way the landscape was re-written in Renaissance times to reflect the ideals of good governance and to create an aesthetically pleasing picture.

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