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Phases of the Moon 2010

"Crete Through the Telescope "


Moon gaze for more than 300 nights a year. One of the many advantages of ex-patriate living in the Greek Island of Crete where the majority of night skies are crystal clear .
Crete has little night sky light pollution.


A Touch of Historical Background - 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 by the peoples of those days on Crete. Also in Ancient 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 2010

* January 15: Annual Solar Eclipse Partial views from Greece early in the Eclipse for a short time
* June 26: Partial Lunar Eclipse (not viewable in Europe, only in Pacific and Eastern Australia)
* July 11: Total Solar Eclipse (not viewable anywhere except in South Pacific)
* Dec 21: Total Lunar Eclipse (Not visible in Greece, ONLY in North America and other places)

Phases of the Moon: 2010

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 07 10:40
Jan 15 07:11 A Jan 23 10:53 Jan 30 06:18 Feb 05 23:49
Feb 14 02:51 Feb 22 00:42 Feb 28 16:38 Mar 07 15:42
Mar 15 21:01 Mar 23 11:00 Mar 30 02:25 Apr 06 09:37
Apr 14 12:29 Apr 21 18:20 Apr 28 12:18 May 06 04:15
May 14 01:04 May 20 23:43 May 27 23:07 Jun 04 22:13
Jun 12 11:15 Jun 19 04:30 Jun 26 11:30 P Jul 04 14.35
Jul 11 19:40 T Jul 18 10:11 Jul 26 01:37 Aug 03 04:59
Aug 10 03:08 Aug 16 18:14 Aug 24 17:05 Sep 01 17:22
Sep 08 10:30 Sep 15 05:50 Sep 23 09:17 Oct 01 03:52
Oct 07 18:44 Oct 14 21:27 Oct 23 01:36 Oct 30 12:46
Nov 06 04:52 Nov 13 16:39 Nov 21 17:27 Nov 28 20:36
Dec 05 17:36 Dec 13 13:59 Dec 21 08:13 T Dec 28 04:18

Notes: P=Partial Eclipse, T=Total Eclipse A= Annual Solar 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

Postscript: The next BLUE MOON in the heavens will take place on Full Moon on August 31, 2012.

Check here for the Moon gazing Calendar of Crete and Greece's Moon Phases in 2011

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