Full Moon…

the phases of the moon

Following on from our last blog post ‘Tides are crucial…‘  let’s talk a little about the next full moon, which just happens to fall this month on Friday 25th December 2015… yes that’s right it’s a full moon on Christmas Day.  Just three days after Winter Solstice, which is the shortest day of the year or the longest night depending on which way you look at things, on Tuesday 22nd December 2015.

Our next full day foreshore adventure is on Monday 28th December 2015 and it’s a very special one that isn’t going to happen very often.  Why.. ?  you ask… well it’s all to do with those tides and moon,  2015 is the first time since 1977 that the full moon rose on Christmas Day and it won’t rise again on Christmas Day until 2034.  So, if you fancy been out on the foreshore with us during this special Christmas moon or Oak Moon, as it is sometimes know, join us on the 28th December as it’s going to be awhile before it happens again….

On Christmas Eve, in Britain, don’t forget to look up at the sky between 17:20hrs and 17:30hrs, you’re Santa_and_sleigh_BW_Tlooking for a special light… whether or not you think it’s Father Christmas’s Sleigh or the International Space Station (ISS) passing overhead will all depend on that eternal question… Do you believe in Father Christmas… ?

The wonderful area that we live in, the North York Moors, is a great place to watch the night sky (as long as it’s a clear night…!) as we are one of the acknowledge ‘Dark Sky’ areas in Britain you can find out more about ‘Yorkshire’s National Parks Celestial Celebration’ here

You can find out more about spotting the ISS here… and if you do manage to spot the space station don’t forget to give Tim Peake and his fellow astronauts a wave.

Another trivial observation that came to light, when you start talking about numbers…. dates…. and full moons… Did you know that the Star Wars film 2 ‘A New Hope’ was released in 1977..? the last time a full moon rose on Christmas Day and in case you’ve managed to miss the pre-release hype the latest Star Wars film 7 ‘The Force Awakens’ opens this month… So, will we be up to Star Wars film number 10 or 12 in 2034..?

Do think about joining us on one of the last days of 2015…

Monday 28th December –  Coastal Craft & Foraging Day Course  –  4 places remaining

Tuesday 29th December – Foraging, fossil hunting, jetting, rock pooling, pulling lobster pots( weather permitting) a great low tide experience. Starting at 11am for three hours @ £20.00 per person.  Please contact us for more details, 01947 840278 or sean@realstaithes.com     1 places remaining

Wednesday 30th December – Foraging, fossil hunting, jetting, rock pooling, pulling lobster pots( weather permitting) a great low tide experience. Starting at noon for three hours @ £20.00 per person.  Please contact us for more details, 01947 840278 or sean@realstaithes.com   –  10 places available

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