Thursday 12 December 2019

Super blue moon will be visible from NL, if the weather holds up

A blue moon is not really blue. Photo: Depositphotos.com

If the weather conditions are right, people in the Netherlands will be able to witness a  blue moon combined with the super moon phenomenon on Wednesday evening.

Moons are called blue, not because of their colour, but when there are two full moons in the same month. A super moon is a moon which passes as close as possible to the earth, making it 14% brighter than normal.

Weather bureau Weerplaza says there is a good chance that the moon will be visible from the Netherlands on Wednesday evening because rain and cloud during the day will move into Germany as night falls.

The best weather for moon spotting will be in the south and central parts of the country.

In much of the rest of the world, the full moon will also glow red, making it a super blue blood moon, because it will pass through earth’s shadow in an eclipse.

NASA has a live link to the ‘super blue blood moon’ from January 31.

The next blue moon in the Netherlands will be on March 31 but it will be 2037 before there are two blue moons in the same year again.

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