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 15: Total Lunar Eclipse. Not visible in Eastern Europe, Eastern Mediterranean and across to most of Asia. The setting Moon will be visiable across parts of Spain, Portugal France, UK and across the Atlantic to the USA and Canada.
* April 29: Annual Solar Eclipse is not viewable in most of the world except parts of Australasia.
* Oct 08: Total Lunar Eclipse is not visible in Europe, Africa and the Middle East but clearly viewed along the Pacific Coast of the USA and Canada. At the time of the Moon rise, East Asia and Australia will be able to see the eclipse.
* Oct 23: Partial Lunar Eclipse is only visible in parts of North America and Siberia.
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 01 11:14||Jan 08 03:39||Jan 16 04:52||Jan 24 05:19|
|Jan 30 21:39||Feb 06 19:22||Feb 14 23:53||Feb 22 17:15|
|Mar 01 08:00||Mar 08 13:27||Mar 16 17:09||Mar 24 01:46|
|Mar 30 18:45||Apr 07 08:31||April 15 07:42 t||Apr 22 07:52|
|Apr 29 06:14 A||May 07 03:15||May 14 19:16||May 21 12:59|
|May 28 18:40||Jun 05 20:39||Jun 13 04:11||Jun 19 18:39|
|Jul 26 22:42||Aug 04 00:50||Aug 10 18:09||Aug 17 12:26|
|Aug 25 14:13||Sep 02 11:11||Sep 09 01:38||Sep 16 02:05|
|Sep 24 06:14||Oct 01 19:33||Oct 08 10:51 t||Oct 15 19:12|
|Oct 23 21:57 P||Oct 31 02:48||Nov 06 22:23||Nov 14 15:16|
|Nov 22 12:32||Nov 29 10:06||Dec 06 12:27||Dec 14 12:51|
|Dec 22 01:36||Dec 28 18:31|
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
In Greek (lang:EL): Moon = φεγγάρι (feng-gari) or σελήνη (seleenee), full moon = πανσέληνος (panseleenos)
REMINDER: Note in Your Diary -- The next BLUE MOON in the heavens will take 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.
Check here for the Moon Gazing Calendar of Crete and Greece's Moon Phases in 2009 - 2017 .