Sleep under the stars in our Native-American teepees and experience the most amazing starlit nights. Low light pollution means we are a hotspot for star gazers and astronomers from the whole of Europe who wish to see so much more in the darkest of nights. Being Spain’s southernmost region, Andalucia features a desert like arid climate with summer months experiencing high temperatures and cool evenings, making Andalucia one of the best Starlight regions in the world.
Clearly visible is the breathtaking sight of the magnificent Milky Way. A wonderful luminescent band of light spreading its way across the sky, passing through the constellation Cygnus (The Swan). The Milky Way consists of millions and millions of single stars too far away to be identified individually.
Lunar Calendar during our Summer 2021 Season
The darkest skies are around the new moon; 11 May, 10 June, 10 July, 15 August & 13 September.
Super Full Moon – 26 May. The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be fully illuminated. This phase occurs here at 10.14. Known by the early Native-American tribes as the Flower Moon as this was the time of the year when spring flowers appeared in abundance. This moon has also been known as the Corn Planting Moon and the Milk Moon. The Moon will be near its closest approach to the Earth and may look slightly larger and brighter than usual.
Perseids Meteor Shower – 12 & 13 August. One of the best meteor showers to observe! It's expected that we'll see 50 meteorites falling per hour. The shower runs annually from 17 July to 24 August, so anytime during these dates you should see shooting stars, but its peak is on the night of the 12 August after midnight. The waxing crescent moon will set early in the evening, leaving the dark skies for what should be an amazing show!
Jupiter as Opposition – 19 August. The giant planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the sun. It will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long. A good pair of binoculars should be able to show you some of the details in Jupiter’s four largest moons appearing as bright dots on either side of the planet.
Blue Moon - 22 August. The full moon was known by early Native-American tribes as the Sturgeon Moon because the large sturgeon fish of the Great Lakes were easily caught this time of year. There are normally only 3 full moons in each season of the year, but this season will contain 4 full moons. The extra full moon of the season is known as the Blue Moon.
Full Moon – 20 September. Again located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be fully illuminated. This phase occurs here at 22.54 and was known by the Native-American tribes as the Corn Moon because the corn is harvested around this time of year, its also known as the Harvest Moon.