The “blood moon” has always been considered an omen of the coming of the end times, as the Book of Joel shows, where it is written, “the sun will turn into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes.”
So should we fear the end of the world on July 27? Scientists say „No”, as this is but an astrological event, the longest lunar eclipse of the century.
This is one of the most long-awaited events by scientists and skywatchers equally. The total lunar eclipse will start at 8.30 p.m on July 27. It will last for 103 minutes, which is 4 minutes less than the longest possible duration of an eclipse.
What makes the Mood red?
When the lunar eclipse happens the Earth passes between the Sun and the moon and casts a shadow on it. The white light from the Sun hits the Earth’s atmosphere and the blue colors in the white light are scattered away. This means that only the red colors will hit the moon giving it the bloody tint.
Where can it be seen from?
The lunar eclipse can be seen from almost any place on Earth, but in its different stages. Eastern Africa, the Middle East, and central Asia are the perfect places to see the eclipse in its entirety. With one condition: good weather and clear skies. In the UK, for example, people will be able to see the full eclipse for only 84 minutes of the total time due to the fact that the moon is below the horizon in Britain when the eclipse begins.
On April 15, 2014, there was a total lunar eclipse which was the first of four consecutive total eclipses in a series, known as a tetrad; a second one took place on October 8, 2014, the third one on April 4, 2015, and the remaining one took place on September 27, 2015. It is one of eight tetrads to take place during the 21st century AD. A tetrad or a series of four consecutive lunar eclipses is part of the blood moon prophecy, which is a series of apocalyptic beliefs promoted by Christian ministers John Hagee and Mark Biltz. They believed that a blood moon (the result of a total lunar eclipse) was a sign of the beginning of the end times as described in the Bible in the Book of Joel, Acts 2:20, and Revelation 6:12.
With the evolution of times and science, however, we are capable today to explain such phenomena. So, enjoy the longest lunar eclipse of the century! (and watch out for warevolves, just in case!)
Jasmine holds a Master’s in Journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto and writes professionally in a broad variety of genres. She has worked as a senior manager in public relations and communications for major telecommunication companies, and is the former Deputy Director for Media Relations with the Modern Coalition. Jasmine writes primarily in our LGBTTQQIAAP and Science section.