Moon gaze for more than 312 nights a year. One of the many advantages of ex-patriate 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.
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.
We welcome visual shots -- by professionals or amateur photographers alike, as seen through the telescopic lens.
* April 25: Partial Lunar Eclipse. Visible in Greece, Cyprus, Southern Europe. Eclipse is best viewed in Eastern Europe, Africa, Central Asia and Australia. The eclipse starts at 18:03; it is best around 20:07 and ends around 22.11. All times are GMT/UT.
* May 10: Annular Solar Eclipse is not viewable in Europe, only in the Pacific area from Australia to New Zealand and eastwards across the Pacific Islands.
* May 25: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse is not visible in the Mediterraanean area, but only in West and South Africa and much of North and South America.
* October 18: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse is clearly visible in Greece, Cyprus, UK and the rest of Europe and Africa. The amount of eclipse viewable is dependant on your location. The event starts at 21:50 and ends at 01:49. Both times are GMT/UTC. A Penumbral Eclipse shows a greyish shadow rather than a black one around the moon. November 03: Astronomers and Scientists expect this Total Solar Eclipse to have a strange shadow banding effect that impacts how the eclipse is viewed from the ground. This means many viewers will see only a partial eclipse in North and South America, Southern Europe (including Greece and Cyprus) Middle East and parts of Africa. The event starts at 11:00 hrs and lasts until 14:25 GMT/UTC depending on the visibility at your location.
Times are 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 03:58|
|Jan 11 19:44||Jan18 23:45||Jan 27 04:38||Feb 03 13:56|
|Feb 10 07:20||Feb 17 20:31||Feb 25 20:26||Mar 04 21:53|
|Mar 11 19:51||Mar 19 17:27||Mar 27 09:27||Apr 03 04:37|
|Apr 10 09:35||Apr 18 12:31||Apr 25 1957 P||May 02 11:14|
|May 10 00:29 A||May 18 04:35||May 25 04:25 N||May 31 18:58|
|Jun 08 15:56||Jun 16 17:24||Jun 23 11:32||Jun 30 04:54|
|Jul 08 07:14||Jul 16 03:18||Jul 22 18:15||Jul 29 17:43|
|Aug 06 21:51||Aug 14 10:56||Aug 21 01:45||Aug 28 09:35|
|Sep 05 11:36||Sep 12 17:08||Sep 19 11:13||Sep 27 03:56|
|Oct 05 00:35||Oct 11 23:02||Oct 18 23:38 N||Oct 26 23:41|
|Nov 03 12:50 H||Nov 10 05:57||Nov 17 15:56||Nov 25 19:28|
|Dec 03 00:22||Dec 09 15:12||Dec 17 09:28||Dec 25 13:48|
Notes: SOLAR Eclipse A=Annular Solar Eclipse, T=Total Solar Eclipse, P=Partial (Umbral Lunar Eclipse, N=Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, H=Hybrid (Annual/Total)
B= Blue Moon
In Greek (lang:EL): 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.
REMINDER: Note in Your Diary -- The next BLUE MOON in the heavens will take place on Full Moon on August 31, this year (2012). 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 Dec 31, 2009.
Check here for the Moon gazing Calendar of Crete and Greece's Moon Phases in 2009 - 2017.