Ciaran McGrath – June 21, 2018
NEXT month’s “blood moon” eclipse will be the biggest the world has witnessed so far this century, with large swathes of Europe in line for a spectacular visual display on the night of July 27.
And if that isn’t enough to whet the appetites of amateur stargazers, Mars will the closest to Earth it has been since 2003.
During a total lunar eclipse, the sunlight which reaches the Moon is refracted by Earth’s atmosphere, which filters out the Sun’s blue light – making the moon look red.
Next month’s eclipse will be especially long because the Moon will pass almost directly through the centre of the Earth’s shadow or umbra.
The Earth will be at its furthest point from the Sun on the day in question, allowing it to cast a bigger shadow.
And the Moon will be at its most distant point in its monthly orbit around the Earth.
Writing on the earthsky.org website, Bruce McClure said next month’s blood moon would last an hour and 43 minutes.He said: “This lunar eclipse is primarily visible from the world’s Eastern Hemisphere – Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Caitlin Burke – January 26, 2018
A special full moon is expected on Jan. 31, and if you’re in the western part of the U.S. you’ll have the best view.
It’s being called a “Super Blue Blood Moon” and it’s special for three reasons, according to NASA: it’s the third in a series of “supermoons,” that’s when the moon is closer to Earth in its orbit and is brighter than usual.
It’s also the second full moon of the month which is known as a “blue moon.”
Finally, the super blue moon will pass through Earth’s shadow, giving it a total lunar eclipse in some areas. While the moon is in the Earth’s shadow it will take on a reddish tint, known as a blood moon.
Blood moons have also been thought to have spiritual significance and to be part of prophecies. Some also believe they have special significance in relation to Israel.
Christianheadlines.com reported that Rabbi Yosef Berger, the rabbi of King David’s Tomb on Mont Zion told Breaking Israel News the Super Blue Blood Moon is significant with world events, citing U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement of plans to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and recognize the city as the capital of Israel.
WND – January 21, 2018
Blood moons and eclipses have come and gone. But the signs of the times are getting more ominous than ever.
As if the total solar eclipse last August and the “blood moons” of 2014 and 2015 weren’t enough, there will be a “super blue blood moon eclipse” on Jan. 31 – something that hasn’t happened for 150 years.
And this rare event could herald war and turbulence on earth, according to a leading researcher of astronomical signs and how they interact with Scripture.
Rather than just looking skyward, Pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries, the man who discovered the “Blood Moons” phenomenon, says people need to be looking to their Bibles.
“Many people seem to be overlooking the real importance of this event,” Biltz told WND. “The ‘super moon’ which takes place on January 31 is what is termed a ‘blue moon,’ because it is the second full moon in one month. It’s also going to be a total lunar eclipse, making it a ‘blood moon’ as well. This is the first time there’s been a total eclipse for a blue moon in 150 years, which makes it remarkable enough.
“But what makes this truly mind blowing is when this will happen biblically! The eclipse will take place on Tu B’Shevat on the biblical calendar, the fifteenth day of the month of Shevat. This is important because this upcoming eclipse is only one of a series. The next one is on July 27, which is Tu B’Av or the fifteenth of Av on the biblical calendar. The next one is January 21, 2019 – which just so happens to be Tu B’Shevat again!”
Strange Sounds – Dec 3, 2017
Today, a series of three supermoons in a row – supermoon trifecta – is starting, with fullmoons on December 3, 2017, January 1, 2018, and January 31, 2018. The supermoon on January 1 will be the largest of the year. The most special of the three will light up the sky on January 31 as it features a total lunar eclipse. This second Full Moon of the year… and of the month of January – therefore a Blue Moon – will gradually get darker, and take on a rusty or blood red color during the eclipse.
Blue Moons happen every two and a half years. With the total eclipse, the January 31, 2017 Full Moon could look like this!