Meteors, blood moons and eclipses in the Netherlands

Space is fascinating and we all love to see what on earth (if you pardon the pun) is going on up there. Well here’s a list of what we can expect to see this year from down here on Earth.

Be sure to check the weather just beforehand and go somewhere dark to be able to witness them properly!
Here goes:

January

  • 4th: Giant meteor shower will be seen from Europe in the early hours of the morning -Quadrantids (can be seen from the Netherlands).
  • 6th: A partial eclipse – however this cannot be seen from the Netherlands, so if you’re out of here, you’re in luck. 😉
  • 21st: Total Lunar eclipse just after 6am, along with a blood moon and also a supermanan (full and close moon) seen from the Netherlands.

February

  • 19th: A supermanen (full and close moon) seen from the Netherlands.

March

  • 21: A supermanen (full and close moon) seen from the Netherlands.

May

  • 18th: A blue moon (basically another full moon – it doesn’t turn blue sadly), seen from the Netherlands.

July

  • 2nd: A total eclipse – however this cannot be seen from the Netherlands, so if you’re out of here, you’re in luck. 😉
  • 16th: Partial lunar eclipse at 11:31pm seen from the Netherlands.

August

  • 13th: A meteor shower – Perseids, visible from the Netherlands.

October

  • 8th: A meteor shower – Draconids, visible from the Netherlands.

November

  • 11: There is a transit from Mercury, where it will pass in front of the sun. This can be seen from the Netherlands but not very well.
  • 18th: A meteor shower – Leonids, visible from the Netherlands.

December

  • 14th: A meteor shower – Geminids, visible from the Netherlands.
  • 26th: A partial eclipse – however this cannot be seen from the Netherlands, so if you’re out of here, you’re in luck. 😉

Tips on how to see them:

  • Go somewhere with minimum light pollution
  • Head out way before, so you have time for your eyes to adjust
  • Don’t forget your camera. 😉

As you can see, there is plenty to witness this year in the Netherlands. It’s the year of the moon, so we can expect to see some great sights this year.

Will you be looking out for any of these? Let us know in the comments!

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