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 02 05:30|
|Jan 10 01:30||Jan 16 23:26||Jan 24 01:46||Feb 01 03:28|
|Feb 08 14:39||Feb 15 07:46||Feb 22 18:20||Mar 01 23:11|
|Mar 09 01:54 T||Mar 15 17:03||Mar 23 12:01 n||Mar 31 15:17|
|Apr 07 11:24||Apr 14 03:59||Apr 22 05:24||Apr 30 03:29|
|May 06 19:30||May 13 17:02||May 21 21:15||May 29 12:12|
|Jun 05 03:00||Jun 12 08:10||Jun 20 11:02||Jun 27 18:19|
|Jul 04 11:01||Jul 12 00:52||Jul 19 22:57||Jul 26 23:00|
|Aug 02 20:45||Aug 10 18:21||Aug 18 09:27||Aug 25 03:41|
|Sep 01 09:03 A||Sep 09 11:49||Sep 16 19:05 n||Sep 23 09:56|
|Oct 01 00:12||Oct 09 04:33||Oct 16 04:23||Oct 22 19:14|
|Oct 30 17:38||Nov 07 19:51||Nov 14 13:52||Nov 21 08:33|
|Nov 29 12:18||Dec 07 09:03||Dec 14 00:06||Dec 21 01:56|
|Dec 29 06:53|
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 .