A much-anticipated astronomical event will leave sky-gazers seeing red for hours.
A total lunar eclipse dubbed as a “blood moon” is expected to occur on April 15th and will be visible to most parts of the country. The first of four “blood moons” to take place over the next couple of years, astronomers say that this eclipse will begin at around 3:07 am EST and will last for approximately 77 minutes.
West coast residents will be able to see the eclipse one day ahead of the rest of the country.
It might be easy for religious fanatics to associate “blood moons” with the supernatural because of their striking reddish-orange color, but this phenomenon can be fully explained by science. During a total lunar eclipse, a full moon almost always exhibits a coppery red color, which is due to the scattered light from the Earth’s sunrises and sunsets that fall on the surface of the moon.
The moon’s face might appear more brownish or gray during a lunar eclipse, but this only happens when the moon has a lot of volcanic activity. Otherwise, the moon has a red hue during lunar eclipses.
Despite its astronomical nature, the “blood moon” cycle remains religiously significant to several beliefs. In Judaism, the four “blood moons” fall on the major feast days between 2014 and 2015. Online publication Guardian Liberty Voice reported that these coinciding events can be connected to a prophecy in the Book of Genesis, as well as the Book of Joel in the Hebrew Bible.
To some Christians, the “blood moon” event signifies the Second Coming of Christ.
This year, the “blood moons” are scheduled to take place on April 15 and October 8, both of which fall on the Jewish Passover and Feast of the Tabernacle, respectively. Next year, the “blood moons” will occur on April 4 and September 28, which again fall on the aforementioned Jewish holidays.
'Blood Moon' Prophecy
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