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