NASA astronomers will be watching excitedly as a rare blood moon rises during an upcoming total eclipse. The eclipse is scheduled to be seen across the sky on April 14-15, granting viewers a spectacular blood-red bulb. Although some religious Christians will be fearing the end of days, most people will have a rare opportunity to view one the solar system’s most beautiful phenomenon.
2014 is a special year, earthlings will be granted two opportunities for total lunar eclipses. The two total lunar eclipses are the first part of a lunar tetrad made of a series of four total lunar eclipses. The lunar eclipses of the lunar tetrad are predicted to form around October 2014, April 2015 and september 2015, with the Los Angeles Griffith Observatory covering the event via live streaming. More specifically it has been predicted to land on October 8, April 8 and September 28 of those years. It is evident that the scientific communities are excited about the blood Moon, but some Christian groups are not so enthusiastic. Pastor and apocalypse author, John Hagee, wants people to embrace Joel 2:31 as evidence: “The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come.” Scientists can only speculate that the sun will not turn into darkness, given that it is a massive helium giant burning at temperatures unfathomable here on Earth.
The rare blood Moon rises during the upcoming total eclipse because of a interesting and exact series of cosmological events. A lunar eclipse is born when the sun, Moon and Earth align in such a way that the Earth’s shadow is caused to land on the moon, darkening its surface. The blood-red crimson hue the Moon takes too is conjured by the refraction of the sun’s light through the Earth’s atmosphere. This is the same effect the sun has on planet Earth for the beautiful colorful sunsets experienced everyday. The light from the sunrises and sunsets becomes dispersed and lands on the face of the moon during its mid eclipse.
The total lunar eclipse will also showcase an additional cosmological anomaly with the appearance of an extra fiery, or blood-red Mars. The Martian planet, ablaze in its glory will be seen in the night sky next to the blood Moon, like two red affiliates in the night sky. This will undoubtedly capture the eye of countless photographers and story tellers as the two pilots marvel the skies.
If you are not one of the Christian groups who is fearing the end of days, then April 14-15 should be a magical evening for you. The chance to see this cosmological phenomena, that compelled our ancestors to subscribe divine attributes too, can now be understood by current astronomy and science. As the rare blood Moon rises during the total lunar eclipse, earthlings will be observing their sunrises and sunset’s light being refracted onto the face of the moon. Look closely in the Moon’s vicinity and a fiery mars should accompany the blood Moon, making for a silhouette of cosmological beauty.
Editorial by Zane Foley