Blood Moon Eclipse Will Look Appropriately Apocalyptic

Fanghawk

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Blood Moon Eclipse Will Look Appropriately Apocalyptic

An upcoming total lunar eclipse has scientists and at least two doomsday prophets very excited.

One might have hoped that doomsday theories would settle down when 2012 passed without incident, but apparently some armchair prophets won't take "No" for an answer. At least they're settling on a impressive display that inspires apocalyptic thinking this time: A blood red lunar eclipse due early next week. The eclipse is the first of a tetrad - four total lunar eclipses that occur within a series - the last of which ended in 1968. During the eclipse our moon will appear to be bathed in a crimson light just as the planet Mars comes into view directly beside it. The visual should be very exciting for scientists and astronomers, but it also heralds the opening of <a href=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Blood_Moons>the Blood Moon Prophecy, which predicts major events in Israel that culminate in the Second Coming.

The prophecy, popularized by pastors <a href=http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/84228-E3-Keynote-Speaker-Says-Non-Christians-Will-Burn-In-Hell>John Hagee and Mark Blitz, states that the tetrad coincides with two significant Jewish holidays: Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles. Hagee, author of Four Blood Moons, cites Joel 2:31 from the Hebrew Bible to make his point: "The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come." That said, coincidence really seems to be all this is based on. As noted by EarthSky.org's Bruce McClure and Deborah Byrd, the Jewish calender is lunar-based, so of course eclipses will coincide with key holidays.

"The Jewish calendar is a lunar calendar," McClure and Byrd write. "In any year, it's inevitable that a full moon should fall on or near the feasts of Passover (15 Nissan) and Tabernacles (15 Tishri) ... It is somewhat ironic that three of these four lunar eclipses are not visible - even in part - from Israel. The only eclipse that can be seen at all from Israel is the tail end of the September 28, 2015 eclipse, which may be observable for a short while before sunrise."

As for the blood red appearance of the moon, that happens during most lunar eclipses anyway, appearing differently "only in years where volcanic activity is pronounced". Tetrads also aren't that uncommon to begin with; with a total of eight scheduled for the 21st Century alone. Pending new information, we can probably put this theory inbetween the 2012 and <a href=http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/132434-Ragnarok-is-Upon-Us-Vikings-Predict-World-Ending-Today>February's Ragnarok prophecies in terms of likelihood.

Still, a blood red moon and the red planet located directly beside each other in the sky? That should look pretty sweet. The eclipse starts on April 14th at 21:20 GMT.

Source: RT.com

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DdavidD

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How embarrassing, in the year 2014, that people regress to bronze-age superstitious nonsense whenever a perfectly understood natural phenomenon occurs.
 

-Dragmire-

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The prinnys have been waiting so long...

it's a better version.
OT: Cool, gotta make sure I remember to see it.
 

RJ 17

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Where's that senile old coot who tried to predict The Rapture a couple years ago? Still doing his calculations to make sure he carried the 1, no doubt. I thought it was pretty damn funny when his predicted date came and went and he said "Oh, I got the math wrong, it's really going to happen in October."

Swing and a miss on that one, too. Surely this celestial coincidence is a sign that there's going to be a lot of empty clothes lying around the streets, right? RIGHT?! *equips his +10 Tinfoil Hat of Mental Imperviousness.*
 

ColdinT

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Predict that doomsday will come every day, and someday you will be right. Though I'm not sure if the heatdeath of the planet a billion years from now really counts.
 

martyrdrebel27

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if my calculations are correct, that's 4:20 pm, eastern standard time. which is the only thing saving us from apocalypse. it's well known that the gods get high as giraffe pussy at 4:20 every day, so they'll be too stoned to remember to destroy us, thank Jah.

(i'd like to thank Joe Rogan for that giraffe joke.)
 

Gennadios

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When I read "Blood Moon" my first thought was to brace myself for an Ork Waaagh!

Instead we get a lame ass eclipse. I wish doomsday prophets turn out to be right at least once in my lifetime.
 

Neurotic Void Melody

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Time to hose down my sacred plinth for some fresh virgins i guess. Though the under-age pregnancy problem in this town means im gonna have to do some serious searching
 

NeutralDrow

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A Martian perihelion and a blood moon eclipse?

That's not an apocalypse, that just means the Night of Wallachia will manifest.
 

Something Amyss

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DdavidD said:
How embarrassing, in the year 2014, that people regress to bronze-age superstitious nonsense whenever a perfectly understood natural phenomenon occurs.
Especially one that's not all that uncommon.

But it's not so much that they're reverting. People are always looking for signs.

Part of why they find them is how common the signs really are. The end times will be accompanied by strife, disease, and apostasy. HOW RARE AND UNUSUAL, eh?
 

Strazdas

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blood moon is very common actually. this is due to light breaking in our atmosphere and thus often a low horizon moon will look red/orange.