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.
We open our teepee doors on 12 May 2022, here's our lunar calendar:
New Moon - The darkest skies for the best stargazing opportunities are around the new noon; 30 May, 29 June, 28 July, 27 August & 25 September. The Moon will be located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky. These are the best time of our summer months to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.
Full Moon / Flower Moon – 16 May. The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be fully illuminated. 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.
Lunar Eclipse – 16 May. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes completely through the Earth’s dark shadow, or umbra. During this type of eclipse, the Moon will gradually get darker and then take on a rusty or blood red colour.
Full Moon, Supermoon / Strawberry Moon – 14 June . This is known as the Strawberry Moon as the little red berries ripen at this time and could be gathered by the Native American tribes. This moon has also been known as the Rose Moon and the Honey Moon. This is also the first of three supermoons for 2022. The Moon will be near its closest approach to the Earth and may look slightly larger and brighter than usual.
Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation – 16 June. This is the best time to view Mercury as it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the morning sky. Look for the planet low in the eastern sky just before sunrise.
Full Moon, Supermoon / Buck Moon – 13 July. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Buck Moon because the male buck deer would begin to grow their new antlers at this time of year. This moon has also been known as the Thunder Moon and the Hay Moon.
Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower – 28 & 29 July. The Delta Aquarids is an average shower that can produce up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by comets Marsden and Kracht. The shower runs annually from July 12 to August 23. It peaks this year on the night of July 28 and morning of July 29. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
Full Moon, Supermoon / Sturgeon Moon – 12 August. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Sturgeon Moon because the large sturgeon fish of the Great Lakes and other major lakes were more easily caught at this time of year. This moon has also been known as the Green Corn Moon and the Grain Moon.
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. It peaks this year on the night of August 12 and the morning of August 13, unfortunately the nearly full moon this year will block out all but the brightest meteors. But the Perseids are so bright and numerous that it could still be a decent show.
Saturn at Opposition – 14 August. The ringed 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 will allow you to see Saturn’s rings and a few of its brightest moons.
Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation - 27 August. This is the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky. Look for the planet low in the western sky just after sunset.
Full Moon / Corn Moon – 10 September. This was known by the Native-American tribes as the Corn Moon because the corn is harvested around this time of year, it’s also known as the Harvest Moon.
Neptune at Opposition – 16 September. The blue 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. This is the best time to view and photograph Neptune. Due to its extreme distance from Earth, it will only appear as a tiny blue dot in all but the most powerful telescopes.
Jupiter at Opposition – 26 September. 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. This is the best time to view and photograph Jupiter and its moons. A good pair of binoculars should allow you to see Jupiter’s four largest moons, appearing as bright dots on either side of the planet.
We close our teepee doors 2 October!