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VAN GOGH: DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN

The New york Times (06/12/2003)

By Lawrence Van Gelder

The time has come when lovers of art can see the moonrise as van Gogh saw it 114 years ago, when he painted “Evening Landscape With Rising Moon.” Citing the magazine Sky and Telescope, Agence France-Presse reported yesterday that scientists have calculated that on July 13 the moon will rise over a hilltop in the southern French village St.-Rémy-de-Provence in almost exactly the same place and in the same phase as when van Gogh depicted it above the wheatstacks in a monastery field. The scientists, led by Donald Olson, a professor of physics and astronomy at Southwest Texas State University, calculated that moonrise was at 9:08 p.m. on July 13, 1889. This year, the 150th anniversary of van Gogh’s birth, will be only the sixth time since then that the moon will have appeared as it did that night.