Blood Moon over New Zealand: Beauty or the Apocalypse

Often called a blood moon, the red cast during last month’s total lunar eclipse offered me this series:

Full moon over Shakespear Park, Auckland, New Zealand before the lunar eclipse

Full moon rising over Okoromai Bay in Shakespear Park (Auckland, New Zealand), on the evening of the lunar eclipse

Blood moon on April 4 2015

Minutes before the moment of darkness

Blood moon in New Zealand on April 4 2015

Minutes after the moment of darkness

Albom Adventures featured Amazing Auckland from AtoZ for the 2015 AtoZ blogging challenge throughout April, which is why you are seeing these photos today, rather than last month.

Why is the moon red ?

As the earth eclipses the sunlight from shining directly on the moon, the light needs to travel through the earth’s atmosphere to reach it, thus having a redish cast.  The process is called Rayleigh scattering and it’s the same reason the sunset often appears red.

What made this blood moon special?

The recent total lunar eclipse was part of a “lunar tetrad”, a  series of four consecutive (approx. six months apart) total eclipses.  April 4, 2015 was the third, with our next chance to see a blood moon on September 28, 2015. (The first two were last year on April 15 and Oct 8).  It is rare, but not once in a lifetime, as this tetrad was one of eight that will take place in this century.

Is it the end of the world?

The biblical connection is twofold.  First, the four eclipses in this current cycle each coincide with important Jewish festivals. And secondly, in the Book of Joel 2:31 (King James Version) it is written: “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come.

One of the most outspoken experts on the topic is John Hagee who wrote Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change.

Where were you during the April lunar eclipse? Did you see the blood moon? Do you think it has significance, or just beauty?

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The Blood Moon over Shakespear Park, New Zealand. Is it beautiful? Or is it the apocolypse?

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  1. Karren Haller says

    What a beautiful moon photo, I wish I could take photos like these!
    Thanks for sharing your talent!
    Have a great week!

  2. says

    Beautiful photos! I’m surprised how pretty the moon looks, more pink than red. Are they edited at all to give that effect? (I’m not a photographer so I’m hoping that’s not a ‘taboo’ question!).

  3. says

    Hari Om
    Outstanding shots Rhonda! We, of course, had total eclipse of the cloud variety…. I have been fortunate in seeing blood moons, but sadly never with a camera in hand! YAM xx

  4. Pat Bacon says

    Spectacular photos, Rhonda. Also, the commentary was most enlightening. A feast for the eyes and the mind.

  5. says

    Hey! Beautiful shots (certainly puts an iphone to shame). My 10yo and I caught the first of the tetrad last year in Kauai—jetlagged as all get but we were determined. Caught in on the beach and it was magical!

  6. says

    Great photos!
    I’ve never seen a bloodmoon. It looks strange, but I don’t thik, it has significance in the sense of the end of the world…
    Greetings from Germany

  7. says

    I thought I recognized the area, this is around Tawharanui right? If so I use to go down there alot, fishing down that way is very good.

  8. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz says

    What a great shot! Glad I didn’t see this blood-red moon five hundred years ago…I wouldn’t have known what was going on.

    Here’s mine!

  9. says

    Wow, thank you for these stunning photos!
    Unfortunately there was too much cloud cover in the UK, do I didn’t manage to see any of the eclipse. Wishing you a happy Wordless Wednesday 🙂

  10. says

    Hi Rhonda. I saw the solar eclipse over Norway – pretty amazing and scary at the same time…. Your pictures are so great! WOW!

  11. Lisa Ross says

    That top picture is very pretty. You have a similar view to us. We look at Otago peninsular and see the moon rise above it

  12. says

    Beautiful photos My resident astronomer couldn’t tell me if those eclipses were visible in the northern hemisphere or not.

  13. says

    Hi Rhonda .. looks amazing – just stunningly beautiful .. thanks for sharing with us here and why it’s red .. via the Rayleigh Scattering … Cheers Hilary

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