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Phases of the Moon 2017

"The Cretan Moon Through the Telescope"


Moon gaze for more than 318 nights a year. One of the many advantages of expatriate living in the Greek Island of Crete, is that the majority of night skies are crystal clear through a telescope.
Crete is blessed with little night sky light pollution.


The Moon in Greek Mythology - A Touch of Historical Background

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. The female moon 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 the male moon dominated with many masculine 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 who were the forefathers of today's Cretans.

Also in Ancient Greece can be found the origins of the 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 erratically 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.

Solar and Lunar Eclipses During 2017

Details of where and when eclipses will be viewable around the world including Crete, Greece and Cyprus will be published when they become available.

Phases of the Moon: 2017

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

New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter
 Jan 05 19:47 Jan 12 11:34 Jan 19 22:14
Jan 28 00:07 Feb 04 04:19 Feb 11 00:33 n Feb 18 19:33
Feb 26 14:58 A Mar 05 11:32 Mar 12 14:54 Mar 20 15:58
Mar 28 02:57 Apr 03 18:39 Apr 11 06:08 Apr 19 09:57
Apr 26 12:16 May 03 02:47 May 10 21:43 May 19 00:33
May 25 19:44 Jun 01 12:42 Jun 09 13:10 Jun 17 11:33
Jun 24 02:31 Jul 01 00:51 Jul 09 04:07 Jul 16 19:26
Jul 23 09:46 Jul 30 15:23 Aug 7 18:11 p Aug 15 01:15
Aug 21 18:30 T Aug 29 08:13 Sep 06 07:03 Sep 13 06:25
Sep 20 05:30 Sep 28 02:54 Oct 05 18:40 Oct 12 12:25
Oct 19 19:12 Oct 27 22:22 Nov 04 05:23 Nov 10 20:37
Nov 18 11:42 Nov 26 17:03 Dec 03 15:47 Dec 10 07:51
Dec 18 06:31 Dec 26 09:20


SOLAR ECLIPSE  T=Total Solar Eclipse, A=Annular Solar Eclipse, H=  Hybrid (Annular/Total) P=Partial Solar Eclipse,

LUNAR ECLIPSE t=Total Umbral Lunar Eclipse, p=Partial Umbral Lunar Eclipse, n=Prenumbral Lunar Eclipse

B=Blue Moon

In Greek (lang:EL): Moon = φεγγάρι (feng-gari) or σελήνη (seleenee), full moon = πανσέληνος (panseleenos)

B= Blue Moon. Question: Is there a Blue Moon this Year of 2015? Answer: Yes.

REMINDER: Note in Your Diary -- The BLUE MOON in the heavens this year (2015) takes place at Full Moon that falls on July 31, 2015. A blue moon is the second full moon during a given month. It generally has a more pale feature to its look, hence the color or mood described in its title. A year when there is no blue moon is called a "Metonic Year". The last Blue Moon was on August 31, 2012. The future Blue Moon.

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.

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Check here for the Moon Gazing Calendar of Crete and Greece's Moon Phases timings between 2009 - 2017 .

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