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Brits In Crete :: Greece Moon Gazing

Phases of the Moon 2011

"The Cretan Moon Through the Telescope "


Moon gaze for more than 308 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 through a telescope.
Crete has little night sky light pollution.


A Touch of Historical Background - The Moon in Greek Mythology

Historically, the monthly cycle of the Moon 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 what is now the Greek Island of Crete. Also in Ancient Greece can be found the origins of Werewolf.
Werewolves also known as lycanthropes from the Greek λυκάνθρωπος, λύκος (licos - wolf) and άνθρωπος (anthropos - 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 2011

* January 04: Partial Solar Eclipse. Greece will be in the morning shadow and see the partial blocking of the sun
* June 01: Partial Solar Eclipse (not viewable in Europe, only in Iceland, Arctic Canada and the United States. Siberia and Japan)
* June 15: Total Lunar Eclipse - Greece and the Middle East benefit from a lengthy view of the Eclipse soon after moon rises. Look out for the Milky Way that will shine more brilliantly than possibly you have seen it! Should be a long eclipse.
* July 01: Partial Solar Eclipse (Not visible in Greece, ONLY in a small span of the Antarctic Ocean)
* Nov 25: Partial Solar Eclipse (Not visible in Greece, ONLY in parts of South Africa, Antarctica, Tasmania and New Zealand)
** Dec 10: Total Lunar Eclipse: To be seen only at early Moon rise in Greece and other parts of Europe)

Phases of the Moon: 2011

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 04 09:03 P Jan 12 11:31 Jan 19 21:21 Jan 26 12:57
Feb 03 02:31 Feb 11 07:18 Feb 18 08:36 Feb 24 23:26
Mar 04 20:46 Mar 12 23:45 Mar 19 18:10 Mar 26 12:07
Apr 03 14:32 Apr 11 12:05 Apr 18 02:44 Apr 25 02:47
May 03 06:51 May 10 20:33 May 17 11:09 May 24 18:52
Jun 01 21:03 P Jun 09 02:11 Jun 15 20:13 T Jun 23 11:48
Jul 01 08:54 P Jul 08 06:29 Jul 15 06:40 Jul 23 05:02
Jul 30 18:40 Aug 06 11:08 Aug 13 18:58 Aug 21 21:55
Aug 29 03:04 Sep 04 17:39 Sep 12 09:27 Sep 20 13:39
Sep 27 11:09 Oct 04 03:15 Oct 12 02:06 Oct 20 03:30
Oct 26 19:56 Nov 02 16:38 Nov 10 20:16 Nov 18 15:09
Nov 25 06:10 P Dec 02 09:52 Dec 10 14:36 T Dec 18 00:48
Dec 24 18:06

Notes: P=Partial Solar Eclipse, T=Total Lunar 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 spectacular total lunar eclipse of February 20, 2008.

Postscript: The nextBLUE MOON in the heavens will take place on Full Moon on July 31, 2015.

Check here for the Moon gazing Calendar of Crete and Greece's Moon Phases in 2010, and 2012

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