Meteors, super moons and eclipses in the Netherlands: Sights to see in 2020

Have you ever felt like you’ve been missing something mysterious and beautiful in your life? We’re not talking about bitterballen here, but in fact another spherical object: the moon. Or more specifically, we’re providing you with a guide to the lunar events of 2020- blood moons and eclipses- as well as meteor showers. 

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

  • 3-5th: Shooting stars- visible from the Netherlands.
  • 10th: A penumbral eclipse (this means there will be a shadow over the moon, but it will still be visible) – can seen from the Netherlands

February

  • 9th: A supermanen (full and close moon) seen from the Netherlands.

March

  • 9th: supermoon (full and close moon): visible from the Netherlands

April

  • 8th: supermoon (full and close moon): visible from the Netherlands
  • 22nd and 23rd: shooting stars: visible from the Netherlands)

May

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

June

  • 5th: A penumbral eclipse (this means there will be a shadow over the moon, but it will still be visible) – can seen from the Netherlands

July

  • 5th: A penumbral eclipse (this means there will be a shadow over the moon, but it will still be visible) – can 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

  • 30th: A penumbral eclipse (this means there will be a shadow over the moon, but it will still be visible) – can seen 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 all these awesome events

Try to get to somewhere with minimal light pollution- in cities or even towns you won’t have any hope of getting the full effect of these events. Also, get there early! Your eyes need time to adjust to the darkness. Finally, be sure to bring a camera with you- especially if it’s a rarer event, it’ll be worth having a physical memory of the beautiful meteor shower you witnessed.

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!

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on 20 January 2019 but was updated for your reading pleasure on 21 January 2020. 

Feature image: Comfreak/Pixabay. 

Emma Brown
A familiar face at DutchRevew. Emma arrived in Holland in 2016 for a few weeks, fell in love with the place and never left. Here she rekindled her love of writing and travelling. Now you'll find her eating stroopwafels in the DutchReview office since 2017.

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