Easter is approaching and in addition to all the typical images of these day, such as processions, beaches and bars, there is another, a shining, stunning full moon in the sky. Today on the AstroAndalus blog, you want to tell the reason for this fact.
The date on which Easter is celebrated varies from one year to another and the reason has much to do with the night sky. The date that marks the celebration of this feast was set at the Council of Nicaea, when it was agreed that Easter would coincide with the Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox.
This year 2017 the Equinox took place on the Iberian peninsula, exactly on March 20 at 11:29. The first full moon after that date takes place on Monday, April 10, which points us directly to the 17th as the first Sunday after the first full moon after the equinox.
Easter is also a red-letter day for AstroAndalus, as it marks the beginning of our season and the beginning of our daily activities.
This year we started to operate in the province of Malaga, with daily departures by bus from Torremolinos and Malaga itself.
Don’t hesitate to enjoy some of our activities. Information and bookings in AstroAndalus.
For the last few days, shortly after dusk there is a bright star in the night sky. It is of a creamy colour, crisp and it is not flashing. Over the coming weeks and months, it will move upwards in the night sky and will take on a starring role in this summer of 2017. We are talking about the planet Jupiter and here at AstroAndalus you want to tell a little more about it.
Through a telescope, Jupiter shows us an impressive system of clouds which are parallel to the equator. But nevertheless the highlight feature of the planet when it is observed isn’t the disc itself, but its system of moons, which in fact can be observed even with modest binoculars. IO, Ganymede, Europa and Callisto were observed for the first time by the astronomer Galileo Galilei, and since then as many as 8 space probes have flown over or orbited this giant planet, the largest in the solar system.
From AstroAndalus, your travel agency specializing in astronomical tourism, we invite you to participate in one of our daily tours from the Costa del Sol to enjoy the view of Jupiter and its moons with your own eyes.
Go to www.astroandalus.com and start your trip to the cosmos.
On 20th August 1977, the first Voyager Space probe was launched from Cape Canaveral (Florida) on a mission which would take it to visit the planets of Jupiter and Saturn for the first time. On 5th September of the same year the second Voyager accompanied it on its way and, in addition, flew past Uranus and Neptune.
As well as all the scientific equipment, the Voyager probes also carried a gold record with images and sounds from our planet, a beautiful collection of what could be understood as a “letter of introduction” from Earth. This record included traditional songs from several countries, sounds from nature, such as waves or thunder and greetings in many languages. In addition, it contained more contemporary songs, amongst which we can highlight the famous Johnny B. Goode by the North American Chuck Berry.
On the musician’s 60th birthday, the astronomer Carl Sagan wrote a letter of congratulation which said:
Chuck Berry passed away this last weekend, but his Johnny B. Goode is still playing in space on board the Voyager space probes, which are now beyond the solar system. This is the human creation that has travelled furthest and it keeps rocking in space to the sound of Chuck’s lived-in voice and his electric guitar.
Rest in peace and “Go Jhonny, go”.
P.S.: Full disc can be listened ->here<-