A Rare Lunar Astronomical Event Presents Itself Tonight


"Blood Moon"
“Blood Moon”

Hi, everyone.  Is everyone excited and have their cameras ready for tonight’s rare astronomical event tonight? Say what you ask.  Tonight, there will be a super moon plus a total lunar eclipse Sunday night (or Monday morning, depending on where you live).  It hasn’t happened since 1982 and won’t happen again until 2033. If younger than 33, this will be their first-ever chance to see this and you don’t want to miss this.

When a full or new moon makes an approach closest to earth (perigee), it is a super moon.  Although it is still 220,000 million miles away, the moon will still look brighter and bigger than usual.  30% brighter and 14% larger than when it is at its further point (apogee), a difference of 31,000 miles.  It fact, it is the closest moon of the year, at only 30,000 miles closer than the average difference.

This will be the fourth lunar eclipse in only two years and, like the other three, also falling on a Jewish holiday (in many parts of the world, but not in the US, which is a different time zone).  The eclipse marks the end of a tetrad, or a series of four total lunar eclipses set six months.  This series began in April 2014.  This tetrad has occurred seven times since the birth of Jesus.

That’s not all. When the full Moon goes into Earth’s shadow, astronomers call it a total lunar eclipse.   The super moon will be bathed in the blood-red light of a total eclipse.  The light that is going around the edges of the Earth’s and being filtered through the atmosphere creates a caste an eerie red light that makes the “blood moon”.  Typically happens every year or two. But the media have started referring to this event as a “Blood Moon.” Maybe that derives from several Bible passages, such as Revelation 6:12:  “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;” —which kind of suggests that the end of the world is approaching.

Old fresco with beautiful woman appearing as Moon from Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.
Old fresco with beautiful woman appearing as Moon from Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.

The full eclipse of the moon will last more than an hour and be visible, weather permitting, from North and South America, Europe, Africa, and western Asia.  The best time to view it from the U.S. East Coast is 10:11 p.m. EDT (0211 GMT), that’s when the moon, Earth and sun will be lined up, with the Earth’s shadow totally obscuring the moon.  The Moon will enter the penumbra at 8:10 p.m. EDT and the umbra at 9:07 p.m. on September 27th; totality begins at 10:11 p.m. The Moon will leave the umbra at 11:24 p.m. and the penumbra at 1:24 a.m. on September 28th.


In Europe, the action will unfold before dawn Monday.  No matter where, the eclipse will begin two hours earlier.

Observatories are marking the celestial event with public telescope viewing, although magnifying devices won’t be necessary; the eclipse will be easily visible with the naked eye.  Astronomers are urging stargazers to simply look to the east.

The 21st century will see eight of these tetrads, an uncommonly good run.  From 1600 to 1900, there were none.

This mysterious moon brings about a mix of astronomical canonicals, the Jewish calendar, and possibly even Doomsday.  So a certain crowd of people have prepared for the imminent calamity.

John Hagee and Mark Blitz, a Christian evangelical minister from Houston, who has stirred who controversy with his sermons (and books and television broadcasts) has claimed that tonight’s lunar eclipse has religious significance.  He contends that it will bring about the end of the end of the world-an idea that is sometimes called the “blood moon prophecy”.  They say this moon signals a downward spiral into dark times.  The two men have spent some of their limited remaining time on Earth in a tiff about who had the revelation first.

The Mormons are also equally distraught, as they also fearing an earthquake or a military invasion will hit Utah upon the moon’s rise.  They have been stockpiling food in anticipation of the event, and survival supplies are flying off the shelves,

And other people, of course, like me, are just eagerly anticipating the epic stargazing event.    I am looking forward to getting some amazing pictures.  You’ll find me at some remote local with an unobstructed view far away from city lights, weather pending of course.

I have provided a schedule for you guys that you may print if you wish too.

Printable Eclipse Schedule
Printable Eclipse Schedule

NASA will give a live video feed of the entire eclipse-an option for when clouds obscure you own view tonight.

And who knows?  It might be the last moon you ever see.  I will post some pictures in a few days if it isn’t cloudy here.

Will you be out watching the lunar eclipse tonight?  Are you going by yourself or other people?  Will you be taking photos?  Do you believe the moon tonight is bringing on doomsday or is it a bunch of baloney?  I’d love to hear your answers below!


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