Grab a torch: a total lunar eclipse is coming to the Netherlands this week!

Dust off your binoculars โ€” and maybe grab a torch. The Netherlands will experience a total lunar eclipse (aka a blood moon) in the early morning of May 16, 2022. ๐ŸŒ˜

However, you’re going to have to be quite dedicated if you want to experience it. It will only be visible between 04:27 and 5:37 AM, so you will have to skip a few dreams in order to see the entire thing.

Though, our guess is that it’s probably going to be worth seeing a big red ball in the night sky. ๐Ÿ”ด

When and where?

To get a clear view of the eclipse, you’ll want to be looking in a Southwest direction. Put simply, you should look for the moon somewhere near the horizon. ๐ŸŒš

In the Netherlands, the moon will reach its maximum point (total eclipse) at 5:37 AM.

So if you need to wake up early on Monday but also want to experience the eclipse, set your alarm for 5:35 AM, look up at the sky, and promptly fall back to sleep knowing you’ve seen the grand finale!

The blood moon is going to be right above the horizon, however, so there’s a chance that you’re only going to catch a glimpse of it. ๐ŸŒ’

Eclipse phasesTime
Start of the partial eclipse4:27 AM
Start of the total eclipse5:29 AM
Maximum point in the Netherlands5:37 AM

What exactly is a total lunar eclipse?

A total lunar eclipse happens when the Earth finds itself between the sun and the moon, as a result, our planet casts a shadow on the moon.

When the total eclipse begins, the moon turns red, hence the name blood moon! The moon gets a red tint because the sunlight reaching the moon passes through the Earth’s atmosphere. ๐ŸŒ

The atmosphere scatters the sun’s blue light and only lets the red go through. How cool is that!?

Do you plan on watching the eclipse? Or rather catch some sleep? Tell us in the comments!

Lea Shamaa ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ง
Lea Shamaa ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ง
Lea has a passion for writing and sharing new ideas with the world. She enjoys film photography, Wes Anderson movies, fictional books and jazz music. She came to the Netherlands in 2019 for her media studies and has fallen in love with the country and its culture ever since. She loves to ride her bicycle in the city but also feels the need to overtake everyone on the bike lane (she's working on it).

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