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Rare Super Blue Moon To Light Up Sky August 30th

Rare Super Blue Moon To Light Up Sky August 30th
Aug 29 2023 Share

Get ready for an exceptional celestial event, sky enthusiasts! 

This week, a phenomenon known as the “once in a blue moon” will grace the skies on August 30. 

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Despite its name, the term “blue moon” doesn’t refer to the moon’s color but signifies the occurrence of a second full moon within a single month. This rare event, happening roughly every 2.5 years, doesn’t adhere to the typical lunar nomenclature and is labeled a “Blue Moon.” 

The upcoming instance will also take the form of a “super blue moon,” denoting the second full moon in a month according to the moon’s nearest approach to Earth, thus making it a “super moon.” 

Supermoons, shining 16% brighter and appearing larger, create a mesmerizing spectacle.

For optimal viewing, catch the full moon shortly after sunset during the twilight phase. 

On August 30, at 8:37 p.m. EDT, the Super Blue Moon will reach its maximum luminosity, providing an ideal chance to witness its brilliance. European viewers get an additional opportunity on August 31, with the moonrise slightly delayed.

NASA highlights the rarity of blue supermoons, occurring about once a decade due to specific astronomical conditions, and the gaps between occurrences can even extend to two decades. 

While blue moons constitute only 3% of full moons, supermoons make up roughly 25%. The intervals between super blue moons can be irregular but usually average around a decade. The next occurrences are anticipated in January and March 2037.

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Fields Catch Fire In Marsalforn, Gozo

Fields Catch Fire In Marsalforn, Gozo
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A video shared by NET News, as sent to the newsroom by Ryan Sciberras, shows massive flames engulfing fields on the outskirts of Marsalforn, Gozo.

 

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NET News reported that no person was injured despite the fire, with authorities closing off roads to control the fire. 

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The incident happened on Monday evening at around 2100hrs, with the wind pushing the flames further. 

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Photo Source: NET News via Ryan Sciberras 

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Stolen Motorcycles, Heroin & More Found In Massive Raid

Stolen Motorcycles, Heroin & More Found In Massive Raid
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Throughout last night, Malta Police Force conducted operations as part of its effort against criminal activities, most prominently against drug trafficking, organised crime and irregular immigration. 

The effort was a collaborative effort between various sections of the police force, which began after 2000hrs and finished by around 0100hrs. 

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The effort was focused on establishments, stables and residences in Marsa, Ħamrun and Naxxar. 

After many days of investigations and observations on residences in Triq il-Ġerrejja in Marsa, police surrounded a stable which was allegedly being used for the sale of drugs. 

Police found a man, who was arrested, and through searches on site, found 385 packets of cocaine, 250 packets of heroin and 45 packets of synthetic cannabis, all ready for sale. 

A considerable amount of cash was also found, as well as a motorcycle which was reported stolen, iron knuckles, a knife, cctv cameras, mobiles and many other items. 

Another operation took place concerning irregular immigration, with 67 living in the country illegally being arrested. They were taken to the Detention Centre and the repatriation process was started. 

Another arrest in relation to prostitution was also conducted, with €4,600 in cash being confiscated. Another Naxxar residence search found €10,500 in cash, a number of branded clothes, jewellery, mobile phones and two vehicles. 

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Teddy Teuma Makes Team Of The Week Alongside Mbappe

Teddy Teuma Makes Team Of The Week Alongside Mbappe
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Maltese born Teddy Teuma, who has just made international sports headlines for his 2 goals and 1 assist in his third game with Reims, has just been listed amongst some of the best players in the world in Ligue 1.

According to Team of the Week, as reported by Sofascore, Teuma registered a score of 9.4 and was listed amongst some of the best, including Kylian Mbappe. 

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The Maltese born also wins the Player of the Week title, with Sofascore writing: 

‘In his third appearance for the club, Teddy Teuma scored a brace and provided an assist in Montpellier, deservedly earning our Player of the Week title.’

Teuma has had eyes turn towards him ever since his big move to his new club, with which he seems to be settling quite comfortably. 

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