There will be a total lunar eclipse later this month and once again that red-toned moon will give rise to all those “End of the World” theories and prophecies. Mark your calendars on July 27 for this exciting event.
Blood Moon in July 2018 but you just might miss it.
Not only will it be one of the longest total lunar eclipses, but it is already bringing out prophesy and speculation. Why the longest? There are two reasons: The moon will pass through the centre of the Earth’s shadow whereas many other times it just skims it at the top or bottom. This is the first central eclipse since June 15, 2011. The other reason is it will occur near ‘apogee’ which is the point in the orbit of the moon that is furthest from the earth.
Incredibly, EarthSky News also adds, “A partial eclipse precedes and follows the total phase of the eclipse, each time lasting 1 hour and 6 minutes. So, from start to finish – on July 27-28, 2018 – the moon spends nearly 4 hours (3 hours and 55 minutes) crossing within Earth’s dark umbral shadow.”
That’s one heck of a long eclipse. So even more then before this particular lunar event is bringing rise to Blood Moon prophesies and speculation.
Many Christian conspiracists think the Blood Moon is a sign from the heavens and a biblical fulfilment of apocalyptic prophecies in the Bible where it is stated that the moon will be “as blood”.
The so-called Blood Moon prophecy emerged in 2014 after American pastors Mark Biltz and John Hagee claimed the end of the world was coming.
Christian paster Paul Begley said evidence of the Blood Moon can be found in the Book of Joel, Book of Revelation and Acts Chapter 2.
However, a group of Dubai-based astronomers have dismissed these claims and states that the Blood Moon Eclipse is a “very natural astronomical phenomenon”.
The bad news is that unfortunately those of us in the Northern Hemisphere will miss out on this amazing ‘out of this world’ event. It will only be visible in the Eastern Hemisphere. This includes:Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. South America will be able to watch the final stages of the eclipse just after sunset July 27, whereas New Zealand will catch the beginning stages of the eclipse before sunrise July 28.
North America, most of the Arctic and a good deal of the Pacific Ocean will miss out entirely.
So if it is the end of the world, we here in the Northern Hemisphere will just have to grit our teeth and wait for the fun to begin.
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