Moon gaze for more than 300 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.
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.
Details of where and when eclipses will be viewable around the world including Crete, Greece and Cyprus will be published when they become available.
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 04:53||Jan 13 09:47|
|Jan 20 13:14||Jan 27 04:48||Feb 03 23:09||Feb 12 03:50|
|Feb 18 23:47||Feb 25 17:14||Mar 05 18:06||Mar 13 17:48|
|Mar 20 09:36 T||Mar 27 07:43||Apr 04 12:06 p||Apr 12 03:44|
|Apr 18 18:57||Apr 25 23:55||May 04 03:42||May 11 10:36|
|May 18 04:13||May 25 17:19||Jun 02 16:19||Jun 09 15:42|
|Jun 16 14:05||Jun 24 11:03||Jul 02 02:20||Jul 08 20:24|
|Jul 16 01:24||Jul 24 04:04||Jul 31 10:43 B||Aug 07 02:03|
|Aug 14 14:54||Aug 22 19:31||Aug 29 18:35||Sep 05 09:54|
|Sep 13 06:41 P||Sep 21 08:59||Sep 28 02:50 t||Oct 04 21:06|
|Oct 13 00:06||Oct 20 20:31||Oct 27 12:05||Nov 03 12:24|
|Nov 11 17:47||Nov 19 06:27||Nov 25 22:44||Dec 03 07:40|
|Dec 11 10:29||Dec 18 15:14||Dec 25 11:11|
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 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.
Check here for the Moon Gazing Calendar of Crete and Greece's Moon Phases for the period 2009 - 2017 .