Dark sky sites and Super full moons

Many astronomers lament the amount of light pollution affecting their observations, including at some of the better known dark sky sites.  Skye, you’ll be pleased to know, was confirmed as having very low levels of light pollution.  Wherever you have a really wide field of vision the chances of good quality observations increase. The hill behind Springbank Cottage is ideal and has an extensive horizon.

One phenomena to look out for is a Super full moon.  A super full moon occurs when the moon is closest to Earth and it can appear to be up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter.


The difference between a supermoon and an ordinary full moon. Image by Marco Langbroek via Wikimedia Commons.

Full moons are also associated with spring tides.  When the Earth, moon and sun are aligned, with the moon in between, the tidal pull is at its greatest.  The super full moon accentuates the spring tide effect  of higher than average high tides and lower than average low tides.  These events give the biggest tidal range which is great news for rock poolers but less so for those with a boat on the beach.


See what’s in the sky in Skye!

Delving into the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Guide to the Night Sky (which we provide at the cottage) indicates that the next super full moon will  be on the 2nd January 2018.

Star gazing is one of a range of outdoor activities that we provide resources for guests to make use of during their stay at Springbank.  For full details of how a stay at Springbank could transform your holiday into an environmental discovery experience visit the environmental activities information page of our website.

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