full moon

 

If you’re here this weekend in one of our SC vacation rentals, be it a luxury house on Isle of Palms or a Folly Beach house Charleston, there are a couple free things to check out.

First off, historic Fort Moultrie is having a Fee Free Day this coming Saturday (September 26th) from 9:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. in honor of National Public Lands Day.  The fort played a role in all the big wars from the Revolutionary War (as site of the first decisive victory by Patriot forces) all the way through World War II.

Fort Moultrie is convenient to all our beach rentals Charleston.  It’s located at 1214 Middle Street on Sullivan’s Island, just across Breach Inlet from all our Isle of Palms luxury rentals.

Here’s a bit of its history and the name behind the fort…

It was June 28th, 1776.  Nine British warships were swarming in off the coastline, trying to gain a foothold in the colonies.

But the 2nd South Carolina Regiment under command of Colonel William Moultrie had other ideas.  They were positioned at Fort Sullivan on Sullivan’s Island, and they didn’t want to give up their turf.  Though vastly outnumbered, they battled the Royal Navy and British Army and somehow managed to turn back the British interlopers.

Moultrie’s victory was the first in the patriots’ fight for independence.  Colonel Moultrie became the namesake for the fort on Sullivan’s Island, which is now well known as Fort Moultrie.  It is part of the National Park Service, as a unit of Fort Sumter National Monument.  And if you’re staying in one of our beach house rentals Charleston SC, it’s a fun outing for all ages in your family or group.  And you can’t beat the price tomorrow  –  FREE.

Here’s a link with more info: https://www.nps.gov/fosu/learn/historyculture/fort_moultrie.htm

 

Then, on Sunday, get set for something really SUPER.

The Lowcountry has no shortage of interesting natural phenomena to see, as I covered in this BLOG.

Well, this coming Sunday night, it’s a very rare celestial occurrence –  a SUPERMOON and TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE combo.  The last time these two things coincided was 33 years ago (that’s 1982!!!), and it won’t happen again for another 18 years.

The lunar eclipse occurs when the earth is positioned between the sun and the full moon, and the shadow of the earth moves over the surface of the moon, giving it a reddish appearance.  It is also sometime called a “blood moon.”  As Alan MacRobert of Sky and Telescope magazine explains, “That red light shining onto the moon is sunlight that has skimmed and bent through Earth’s atmosphere: that is, from all the sunrises and sunsets that ring the world at any given moment.” 

You don’t need any special glasses or protection like you do in a solar eclipse.  You may want to use binoculars or a telescope for an even better view  –  or just step out onto the deck of your Charleston beach house.

The term “Supermoon” refers to the fact that the moon is closer to the earth than usual.  As a result, it appears about 14% larger.

Add these two things together, and you get a pretty cool sight.  If you’re one of our rental homes South Carolina, you’re in luck.  People in the eastern part of the United States will be able to see all phases of the event, while west-coasters will miss the first parts.

It begins at 10:11 p.m. Sunday night EDT, and it will last one hour and 12 minutes.

Here’s a link with more info, including graphics of the stages of the event:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/sciencefair/2015/09/21/lunar-eclipse-supermoon-blood-moon/72572664/

And here’s the Post & Courier’s story about it: http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20150924/PC16/150929623

 

So enjoy the freebies this weekend.  And remember, when you are searching for luxury beach house rentals SC, to contact Exclusive Properties.  Our Isle of Palms vacation rentals are truly SUPER, and ECLIPSED by none.

 

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

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