On June 10, we can again enjoy a partial solar eclipse in the Netherlands. Then the moon slides between the sun and the earth, taking a ‘bite’ out of the sun.
Want to see the sun turn into Pac-Man? We give you four tips!
#1 Record the date and time
It’s nice to know exactly what time the eclipse starts in your region. On Waarnemen.com you will find a handy schedule with all times. The eclipse will begin on June 10 at around 11:15 a.m. In just over two hours you can see how a bite from the sun first gets bigger and then smaller again. According to Marc van der Sluys of heaven.waarnemen.com, about 29 percent of the diameter and 17% of the surface of the sun will be covered during the maximum. At about 1:30 PM, the solar eclipse will be over again.
#2 Get eclipse glasses
Never (!!) look directly at the sun. Sunlight is very bright. You can damage your eyes if you look at the sun. That is why we recommend using eclipse glasses. Eclipse glasses are provided with a special protective film, so that you can look at the sun safely. You can buy eclipse glasses online, at nearby observatories and at some bookstores, but make sure you get them on time. Don’t have eclipse glasses? Then unfortunately there is little to enjoy. During the peak, approximately 87-81% of the sunlight still reaches the Benelux. It doesn’t get dark and you don’t see a wreath around the sun – the so-called corona – because it only appears during a total solar eclipse.
#3 Find a cloudless place
Buienradar has a special cloud radar, where you can see how cloudy it is. The weather forecast for next Thursday: partly cloudy. So that will be even more exciting. Fortunately, the partial eclipse lasts more than two hours, so a few clouds don’t have to throw a spanner in the works.
The moon and sun appear exactly the same size from the Earth’s surface. The sun is 400 times the size of the moon, but the moon is also 400 times closer to the earth than the sun. The moon is more than 380,000 km away from us, while the sun is 150 million km away. Yet the distance between the Earth and the Moon varies. Sometimes the moon is a little closer. Then the moon can completely cover the sun and a total solar eclipse can be seen. If the moon is just a little further away, then we do not see a total solar eclipse, but an annular solar eclipse. This is also the case on June 10. The annular eclipse can be seen in northern Canada, northern Greenland and Siberia.
#4 Or better yet.. drive north
Do you want to enjoy the solar eclipse as long as possible? Then drive to the north of the Netherlands. In Den Helder the solar eclipse lasts two hours and fifteen minutes, in Groningen half a minute shorter and in Utrecht two hours and twelve minutes. In comparison: in Bastogne, the solar eclipse lasts ‘only’ two hours and four minutes. In addition, the northerners have another additional advantage: in the north of the Netherlands, a larger part of the sun is obscured. For example, the maximum size of the cover in Den Helder is 19.3% and in Groningen 18.7%. In Bastogne, only 13% of the solar disk is covered.
When is the next solar eclipse in the Netherlands?
In the coming years you can enjoy partial solar eclipses in the Netherlands even more often. After June 10, we only have to wait a year and a half. On October 25, 2022, the moon will move about 33% in front of the sun. This is followed by a solar eclipse on March 29, 2025. Then the moon moves about 35% in front of the sun. The absolute highlight will follow on August 12, 2026, when we will see the moon blocking 90% of the sunlight.
Want to see a total solar eclipse?
Would you like to experience a complete solar eclipse? Then you will unfortunately have to travel. The solar eclipse of August 12, 2026 is the perfect opportunity, because then a total eclipse will be visible in, for example, Iceland and Spain. Or make sure you are in Luxor (Egypt) on August 2, 2027. There, too, a (long) full solar eclipse can be spotted. An annular eclipse is only visible in the Netherlands in the year 2093, followed by a total solar eclipse in Groningen in the year 2135.
Are you fully prepared? Then go and enjoy it on June 10. Have fun!