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Star (and Moon) Gazing on Captiva Island, Florida

Christmas Comet for 2013!

Astronomers have discovered a new comet headed for a possible dazzling performance from November 2013 to January 2014. Named C/2012 S1 (ISON), the comet is predicted to become extremely bright (magnitude -17, much brighter than the full moon). The new moon on December 2 will leave the sky at its darkest for best appreciation of what could be a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event.

Why not plan a trip to Captiva for C/2012 S1, the "Christmas Comet?" Join our 2013 Captiva Holiday Village celebration, starting Thanksgiving and continuing into early December: contests, parades, performances, cultural events, and all manner of outdoor fun. Best of all, when it’s cold and dark in the rest of the country, Captiva’s weather can be irresistibly gorgeous at that time of year.

Dolphins Play
under a Full Moon

Visitors are well aware of Captiva’s well-deserved reputation for warm sunshine. And who can resist those lovely sunsets? But at night, Captiva has another magical charm to offer.

The clear night sky – especially seen from the beach – can be truly astonishing. Countless brilliant stars and the Milky Way seem almost within reach, hovering above from horizon to horizon.

For those who haven’t seen the heavens from a dark area, the sight of myriad stars against the inky black depths of space will fascinate and perhaps inspire. You see, Captiva Island sits at the very end of the road, miles out to sea and well beyond the mainland’s city glow. With minimal outdoor lights of its own, Captiva’s moonless night skies can be perfect for star gazing.

And enter the moon with its very different character: rising orange through the twilight over the vast bay, bathing the seascape in silvery light from overhead, and sinking deep orange again into Gulf of Mexico horizon.

Stars Circle the Sky

Moonlit Beach with Stars

Daytime Moon through Clear, Captiva Skies
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