A so-called Blood Supermoon, as photographed in Germany at 5:37 a.m. local time (photo: itu / Wikimedia) - Source: A so-called Blood Supermoon, as photographed in Germany at 5:37 a.m. local time (photo: itu / Wikimedia) at
Monday, September 28, 2015 - 10:41
Video: Clouds break for Blood Moon
Armchair and professional astronomers alike were able to witness a total lunar eclipse early Monday morning in the Netherlands despite widespread predictions of cloud cover. The event was dubbed a "Blood supermoon" or "Super blood moon" by some, as the eclipse made the moon appear to take on a deep shade of crimson while the satellite was near its closest approach of Earth for this year. Despite the cloud cover this rare occurrence of the Super Blood Moon was seen by many, mostly in the northern and western parts of the country. The phenomenon began at around 2:11 a.m. and reached its climax to Netherlands viewers at 4:48am, giving many night owls little reason to complain. Social media websites exploded with pictures, video’s and chatter about the monumental event which trended for hours. Unfortunately, onlookers in the east of the country found viewing a near impossibility due to the extensive cloud cover compared to those who had the privilege of witnessing the event, were overcome with awe and wonder. A lunar eclipse takes place when Earth is positioned directly between the sun and the moon. As the moon continues its orbit, it passes through Earth's shadow, preventing the sunlight from being reflected off the moon back to earth. The next lunar eclipse to coincide with the moon being at its nearest point to Earth is anticipated for October 8, 2033. The last time this event was recorded was in 1982.