Clouds may spoil Dutch supermoon eclipse views

supermoon eclipse.jpgClouds are expected to move into the Netherlands on Sunday night, scuppering hopes of viewing the eclipse of a supermoon, weather bureau said.

Southern parts of the Netherlands will have the best opportunity of viewing the supermoon, said. But real afficionados should head for Belgium or northern France to be sure of a good view, a spokesman told news agency ANP.

Supermoons occur when the moon reaches its full phase at its closest approach to Earth. This means it appears abnormally large and bright as a result.

The eclipse will start at 02.10 in the morning and will reach its height at 04.11. The total eclipse, which gives the moon an eerie red colour, will last until 05.24.

The last supermoon eclipse occurred in 1982, and the next won’t take place until 2033.

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