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Brits In Crete :: Greece Moon Gazing

Phases of the Moon 2009

"Crete Through the Telescope "

Moon gaze for most of the year. Just one of many advantages of ex-patriate living in Crete and Greece with the majority of night skies being crystal clear .
This is a rarity in the modern world polluted by industrial development.

Moon in Greek Mythology

Historically, the monthly cycle of the Moon as compared to the annual cycle of the Sun's path has been linked to the menstrual cycle of women down through the centuries. This is exemplified in Greek mythology with the famed Greek Goddesses you may know as Phoebe and Selene. Later, the Roman equivalents were named Luna and Diana. In the early 1300's in Southern Europe, the cult figure of Madonna Oriente appeared.


Yet in much earlier ages including Ancient Crete and other Mediterranean Basin civilizations there were many male Lunar deities. This was the case in the Minoan period when the half man, half bull "Minotaur" was revered. Also in Abcient Greece can be found the origins of Werewolf.
Werewolves also known as lycanthropes from the Greek λυκάνθρωπος, λύκος (wolf) and άνθρωπος (human, man), are mythological or folkloric humans with the ability to behave in a wolf-like manner. This later led in more modern times to the labelling of people who seem to behave erraticaly around the time of a Full Moon to be likened to a Werewolf.
Curiously, the Moon's impact on Latin speaking earthly inhabitants led to words such as "lunacy", "lunatic", and "loony", derived from 'Luna'. These folkloric words point to the Full Moon also, as being the cause of periodic insanity.

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We welcome visual shots -- by professionals or amateur photographers alike, as seen through the telescopic lens.

Eclipses During 2009

* July 22: Total Solar Eclipse
* December 31: Partial Lunar Eclipse

Phases of the Moon: 2009

Times in Universal Time (UT = GMT, Greenwich Mean Time)
Crete is on EET, which is UT/GMT+2hrs in Wintertime and UT/GMT+3 in Summertime

New Moon
First Quarter
Full Moon
Last Quarter
Jan 4 11:56
Jan 11 03:27
Jan 18 02:46
Jan 26 07:55
Feb 2 2:13
Feb 9 14:49
Feb 16 21:37
Feb 25 01:35
Mar 4 07:46
Mar 11 02:38
Mar 18 17:47
Mar 26 16:06
Apr 2 14:34
Apr 9 14:56
Apr 17 13:36
Apr 25 03:23
May 1 20:44
May 9 04:01
May 17 17:26
May 24 12:11
May 31 03:22
Jun 7 18:12
Jun 15 22:15
Jun 22 19:35
Jun 29 11:28
Jul 7 09:12
Jul 15 09:53
Jul 22 02:35 T
Jul 28 22:00
Aug 06 00:55
Aug 13 18:55
Aug 20 10:01
Aug 27 11:42
Sep 4 16:03
Sep 12 02:16
Sep 18 18:44
Sep 26 04:50
Oct 4 06:10
Oct 11 08:56
Oct 18 05:33
Oct 26 00:42
Nov 2 19:14
Nov 9 15:56
Nov 16 19:14
Nov 24 21:39
Dec 2 07:30
Dec 9 00:13
Dec 16 12:02
Dec 24 17:36
Dec 31 19:13 P

Notes: P=Partial Eclipse, T=Total Eclipse
In Greek: Moon = φεγγάρι (feng-gari) or σελήνη (seleenee), full moon = πανσέληνος (panseleenos)

Brits in Crete has SPECIAL PERMISSION of NASA for this re-publishing of information. Algorithms used in predicting the phases of the Moon as well as eclipses are based on Jean Meeus' Astronomical Algorithms (Willmann-Bell, Inc., Richmond, 1991). All calculations are by Fred Espenak, GSFC Planetary Systems Laboratory and he assumes full responsibility for their accuracy. The Planetary Systems Laboratory is located at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland 20771, USA.

See the total lunar eclipse of February 20, 2008

Check here for the Moon gazing Calendar of Crete and Greece's Moon Phases in 2010

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