What does the Netherlands get to see from the rare blue super blood moon?
Today there is a special phenomenon in the sky: a blue super moon. On the other side of the world it is even blue super blood moon eclipse. The latter is for the first time in more than 150 years. The name blue moon is somewhat misleading. At 2:27 PM Dutch time we only see the full moon here. If the (partly) clear weather is of course. According to Weerplaza, chances are that it will clear up in the afternoon. It is the second time in a month that the moon can be seen in its entirety and therefore we speak of a blue moon. This year there are even two blue moons. The next is on March 31. Also very rare, because only in the year 2037 are there two blue moons in a year.
‘Universe treats this week on rare blue super blood moon’
Lovers of a beautiful moon pay attention! NASA reports a triple natural phenomenon that is coming: a blue super blood moon. It has been more than 36 years since it was shown for the last time. In the Netherlands we will unfortunately have to do with the photos of others, we can ‘only’ see a blue super moon, the ‘blood’ we have to leave to others. The special moon is on January 31st. Residents of large parts of the world can then see a combination of a blue, super and blood moon.
The term ‘blue moon’ refers to the second full moon in a month’s time, a phenomenon that occurs every 2.7 years on average. The previous blue moon was on display in July 2015, before that in August 2012. Our previous full moon was immediately after the turn of the year visible on 1 January 2018. The full moon was then also a super moon. The most beautiful images were shot worldwide.
Every 29 days the moon reaches a minimum distance to the earth. If that moment coincides with a full moon, we speak of a super moon. The celestial body therefore appears to be larger and brighter. Although the super moon appears monthly, it can only be seen three times a year from the Netherlands.
One speaks of a blood moon when a total lunar eclipse occurs. The red glow of the blood moon arises because the earth stops the sun’s rays and the moon can not bend the light to the earth. The sunlight does go down the earth. The atmosphere then bends it off to the moon. Red light is best deflected; therefore the moon turns red during an eclipse. If the blood moon happens at the same time as the super moon it is called a super blood moon.
The last time a blue super blood moon appeared was on December 30, 1982. The phenomenon was then observed for people in Europe, Africa and West Asia. On 31 January, residents of North America, the Pacific Islands, Australia, Asia and Russia are the lucky ones (see the image below). In the Netherlands we will only see the blue super moon, in those other parts of the world the phenomenon is also accompanied by the lunar eclipse. NASA put the blue super blood moon on January 18. “We have a lot of great moons and lunar eclipses, but these two phenomena do not often coincide with a blue moon,” says Jason Aufdenberg of the Aeronautical University of Embry-Riddle in Florida today to the AFP news agency. The next ‘super blue moon of blood’ was provided by NASA on January 31, 2037. Perhaps the inhabitants of Europe will have a better chance. The next lunar eclipse is in 2019.