|Hello all of you,
It was a marvelous experience yesterday (Sept. 29th, 2006). Not expected because of the bad weather during the day; lots of rain and just before sun set a lot of these small itchy flies. But the sky opened up (around 19:15) with the moon mid-way between rise and set.
This time I was for several reasons not at Calanais I; I wanted to see how the Moon interacts with the Clisham mountain and there were (too) many people; some 50 and a good atmosphere I heard: a piper was there to mark the setting of the Sun.
So I was at Calanais III with nobody was there to witness the spectacle. It was great to be there at the right time and thus a small wonder I was able to witness this lowest path of the moon during its 18.6 year cycle.
As predicted by Gerald Ponting and the Curtis family, the moon would set in the valley on the right of the Clisham hill. 5000 years ago the Moon would have disappeared behind the Clisham hill and then reappear in its valley. But today (due to the obliquity) the Moon did not really disappear; the Moon stayed visible all the way. The moon was covered half way by the hill top of the Clisham hill and then it became fully visible again in the valley, to finally set on the next hill. A marvelous sight.
I will download some still pictures of the event (made around 19:20 BST). I will provide some videos in the coming days when back home at: http://www.youtube.com/group/calanais
The Calanais web cameras (http://www.iol.ie/~geniet/callanish ) will be kept online for the coming months, expected until end of 2007.
All the best,
Posted by geniet
1st October 2006ce
Edited 3rd October 2006ce