Midnight sky in Düsseldorf, Germany
Midnight sky in Düsseldorf, Germany

Midnight blue is a dark shade of blue named for its resemblance to the apparently blue color of a moonlit night sky around a full moon. Midnight blue is identifiably blue to the eye in sunlight or full-spectrum light, but can appear black under certain more limited spectra sometimes found in artificial lighting (especially early 20th-century incandescent). It is similar to navy, which is also a dark blue.



Midnight Blue
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#191970
sRGBB (r, g, b)(25, 25, 112)
HSV (h, s, v)(240°, 78%, 44%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(16, 49, 266°)
ISCC–NBS descriptorVivid blue
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

There are two major shades of midnight blue—the X11 color and the Crayola color. This color was originally called midnight. The first recorded use of midnight as a color name in English was in 1915.[1]

At right is displayed the color midnight blue. This is the X11 web color midnight blue.

Dark midnight blue (Crayola)

Midnight Blue (Crayola)
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#003366
sRGBB (r, g, b)(0, 51, 102)
HSV (h, s, v)(210°, 100%, 40%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(21, 42, 253°)
ISCC–NBS descriptorDeep blue
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

At right is displayed the dark shade of midnight blue that is called midnight blue in Crayola crayons. Midnight blue became an official crayola color in 1958; before that, since having been formulated by Crayola in 1903, it was called Prussian blue.

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  1. ^ Maerz and Paul (1930). A Dictionary of Color. New York: McGraw-Hill. p. 199; color sample of midnight: page 103, plate 40, color sample A8.
  2. ^ Evans, Martyn; Burt, Tim (2016). The Collegiate Way: University Education in a Collegiate Context. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. p. 87.
  3. ^ "School Colors". University of Toledo. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  4. ^ "Edmonton Oilers". NHL Uniform Database. Retrieved 2020-11-08.