Blood Moon Eclipse Will Look Appropriately Apocalyptic

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Blood Moon Eclipse Will Look Appropriately Apocalyptic

An upcoming total lunar eclipse has scientists and at least two doomsday prophets very excited.

One might have hoped that doomsday theories would settle down when 2012 passed without incident, but apparently some armchair prophets won't take "No" for an answer. At least they're settling on a impressive display that inspires apocalyptic thinking this time: A blood red lunar eclipse due early next week. The eclipse is the first of a tetrad - four total lunar eclipses that occur within a series - the last of which ended in 1968. During the eclipse our moon will appear to be bathed in a crimson light just as the planet Mars comes into view directly beside it. The visual should be very exciting for scientists and astronomers, but it also heralds the opening of the Blood Moon Prophecy, which predicts major events in Israel that culminate in the Second Coming.

The prophecy, popularized by pastors John Hagee and Mark Blitz, states that the tetrad coincides with two significant Jewish holidays: Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles. Hagee, author of Four Blood Moons, cites Joel 2:31 from the Hebrew Bible to make his point: "The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come." That said, coincidence really seems to be all this is based on. As noted by EarthSky.org's Bruce McClure and Deborah Byrd, the Jewish calender is lunar-based, so of course eclipses will coincide with key holidays.

"The Jewish calendar is a lunar calendar," McClure and Byrd write. "In any year, it's inevitable that a full moon should fall on or near the feasts of Passover (15 Nissan) and Tabernacles (15 Tishri) ... It is somewhat ironic that three of these four lunar eclipses are not visible - even in part - from Israel. The only eclipse that can be seen at all from Israel is the tail end of the September 28, 2015 eclipse, which may be observable for a short while before sunrise."

As for the blood red appearance of the moon, that happens during most lunar eclipses anyway, appearing differently "only in years where volcanic activity is pronounced". Tetrads also aren't that uncommon to begin with; with a total of eight scheduled for the 21st Century alone. Pending new information, we can probably put this theory inbetween the 2012 and February's Ragnarok prophecies in terms of likelihood.

Still, a blood red moon and the red planet located directly beside each other in the sky? That should look pretty sweet. The eclipse starts on April 14th at 21:20 GMT.

Source: EarthSky, via RT.com

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Default MS Script fonts... was that image made by astrologists?

The Hunt Begins.

SecretImbecile:
Default MS Script fonts... was that image made by astrologists?

At least it's not Papyrus this time!

How embarrassing, in the year 2014, that people regress to bronze-age superstitious nonsense whenever a perfectly understood natural phenomenon occurs.

The prinnys have been waiting so long...


OT: Cool, gotta make sure I remember to see it.

Where's that senile old coot who tried to predict The Rapture a couple years ago? Still doing his calculations to make sure he carried the 1, no doubt. I thought it was pretty damn funny when his predicted date came and went and he said "Oh, I got the math wrong, it's really going to happen in October."

Swing and a miss on that one, too. Surely this celestial coincidence is a sign that there's going to be a lot of empty clothes lying around the streets, right? RIGHT?! *equips his +10 Tinfoil Hat of Mental Imperviousness.*

F'Angus:
The Hunt Begins.

It's the coming, all right, just not the one they were expecting.

Predict that doomsday will come every day, and someday you will be right. Though I'm not sure if the heatdeath of the planet a billion years from now really counts.

if my calculations are correct, that's 4:20 pm, eastern standard time. which is the only thing saving us from apocalypse. it's well known that the gods get high as giraffe pussy at 4:20 every day, so they'll be too stoned to remember to destroy us, thank Jah.

(i'd like to thank Joe Rogan for that giraffe joke.)

I'm just excited because I get to make Black Soul Gems.

When I read "Blood Moon" my first thought was to brace myself for an Ork Waaagh!

Instead we get a lame ass eclipse. I wish doomsday prophets turn out to be right at least once in my lifetime.

If this doesn't turn the world into Shadowrun, I will be very sad.

Time to hose down my sacred plinth for some fresh virgins i guess. Though the under-age pregnancy problem in this town means im gonna have to do some serious searching

A Martian perihelion and a blood moon eclipse?

That's not an apocalypse, that just means the Night of Wallachia will manifest.

So will Hircine be changing his plans due to Miraak's appearence on Solstheim?

Heaven's Gate Redux in 5, 4, 3, 2...

DdavidD:
How embarrassing, in the year 2014, that people regress to bronze-age superstitious nonsense whenever a perfectly understood natural phenomenon occurs.

Especially one that's not all that uncommon.

But it's not so much that they're reverting. People are always looking for signs.

Part of why they find them is how common the signs really are. The end times will be accompanied by strife, disease, and apostasy. HOW RARE AND UNUSUAL, eh?

Nooners:
If this doesn't turn the world into Shadowrun, I will be very sad.

I'm with you, man. Bring forth the Cyberpunk Revolution!

blood moon is very common actually. this is due to light breaking in our atmosphere and thus often a low horizon moon will look red/orange.

DdavidD:
How embarrassing, in the year 2014, that people regress to bronze-age superstitious nonsense whenever a perfectly understood natural phenomenon occurs.

And yet, when compared to something like Time Cube, these people look like geniuses. The spectacular stupidity of some people is really quite amazing.

OT: I'll have to go outside to look at this during a study break that night.

Oh, for crying out loud...

Knock off the doomsday predictions! They've all been done to death a thousand times over.

Could we please make it illegal to go on and on with this nonsense? Say, fine anyone who pushes this crap ten years' income if they're proven wrong.

RedDeadFred:

DdavidD:
How embarrassing, in the year 2014, that people regress to bronze-age superstitious nonsense whenever a perfectly understood natural phenomenon occurs.

And yet, when compared to something like Time Cube, these people look like geniuses. The spectacular stupidity of some people is really quite amazing.

OT: I'll have to go outside to look at this during a study break that night.

Roxor:
Oh, for crying out loud...

Knock off the doomsday predictions! They've all been done to death a thousand times over.

Could we please make it illegal to go on and on with this nonsense? Say, fine anyone who pushes this crap ten years' income if they're proven wrong.

At this point, it's safe to say that all these predictions are just nonsense spouted by a bunch of people who so desperately want a major apocalypse scenario to happen for one reason or another. But they won't, ever, because this is reality not a fairy tale.

As far as I'm concerned, as long as they don't hurt anyone, let the idiots be and let us get back to our Game of Thrones. New seasons started!

World's ending in four days? Cool. I'll go get some coffee and wait at my porch to see what the apocalypse looks like.

Oh no not a Blood Moon! Now all my fancy pants lands are just mountains. How am i supposed to cast anything with you people using this as a hoser- oh you mean just an actual red moon? Oh well that's not bad at all, my land-base is fine XD

"Major events in Israel"

Oh really? And tell me the last time there was no major events in Israel?

Still, blood red moons beat "THE CALENDAR IS CHANGING" as a reason for doomsday theories.

Ho hum. Another day, another doomsday prophecy. Are we done with this nonsense yet? I guess I'll spend this apocalypse the same as the Mayan and Nordic ones: drunk and playing video games.

*Composes a letter to the stars*

Dear Great Old Ones (and Outer Gods),

I have been an a very evil boy this year, so I would like to be sure that I am not on the 'tasty treats' list. In return for your benevolence, I will seek out your enemies (whoever they might be) and swallow their souls with my demon powers.

Sincerely,
FalloutJack

PS: If you turn on me like last time, I will join forces with Bruce Campbell to destroy you all.

There we go. I'm set. Anybody else want to send a letter?

Well shit, here comes Hircine. Someone call the Nerevarine.

Oh dear,not this doomsday crap again surely? Doomsday prophecies are so popular on Above Top Secret that there's a appropriately named "Doomsday Predictions" sub-forum.
But it'll be awesome to see because i should be able to see it from my country of New Zealand assuming the weather plays nice.

ColdinT:
Predict that doomsday will come every day, and someday you will be right. Though I'm not sure if the heatdeath of the planet a billion years from now really counts.

Heat death will occur MUCH later than that, several orders of magnitude later. But if I recall correctly, the sun will expand(become a red giant) and swallow the earth in about 4-5 billion years, before it dies.

You know, I'd rather prefer that the world doesn't end on April 15th thank you. That would be the worst birthday present the universe has given me after having me born on April 15th in general. April 15th is Tax Day in the US, the day Lincoln died, and the day the Titanic sank. I don't need more things to add to that list! >.<

In all seriousness though, I'd hoped we were beyond these asinine doomsday predictions after 2012 didn't happen. If anything is gonna end the world, it's not going to be a moon changing color because of a lunar eclipse. If anything, it'll be humanity that will destroy humanity.

Gennadios:
When I read "Blood Moon" my first thought was to brace myself for an Ork Waaagh!

Blood Axes and Bad Moons are tribes, don't think there's a Ork group of Blood Moons.

However, my first thought was it sounds like a crap teen fantasy book title.

Gennadios:
Instead we get a lame ass eclipse. I wish doomsday prophets turn out to be right at least once in my lifetime.

They are, just locally, not globally. Unless someone was predicting the GFC because the stars were right.

Nooners:
If this doesn't turn the world into Shadowrun, I will be very sad.

Chin up chummer. At least we don't have dragons running the 1%, nor nations of elf conspirators trying to rule the world from their seats in the UK and California (well, according to some that may already be happening).

More seriously: I was set to do a program for that today at the observatory I volunteer at, but alas; remnants from this weekend's active storm pattern are all but ensuring cloudy skies during the event.

If I've learnt anything about the way life works, it is this.

When the apocalypse ACTUALLY comes, it will blindside everybody. Every last wacko and doomsday prepper will be wrong.

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