Eclipse 2018: The Blood Moon Will Rise on July 27
HUSTON, TEXAS – July 23, 2018
Prophecies about the Blood Moon and the end of the world are on the rise again ahead of the total lunar eclipse this month. But what exactly is the prophecy of the Blood Moon?
The July Blood Moon will illuminate the night skies with an eerie red glow on the night of July 27, and Biblical conspiracy theorists are getting excited about the prospect.
Many Christian conspiracy theorists think the Blood Moon is a sign from the heavens, and a sign of the fulfillment of biblical apocalyptic prophecies.
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.
The pastors claimed the Blood Moon was foretold in the Bible in the Book of Joel 2:31 and the Book of Revelations 6:21. Both Biblical passages refer to the moon turning blood red as a heavenly sign the end times are fast approaching.
The lunar tetrad has passed, and the Earth still stands unscathed, but doomsday preachers all across the country are still captivated by the Blood Moon prophecy. After previous false predictions, they are now they saying that the Blood Moon eclipses are merely a sign the end of the world will happen at an unspecified date in the near future.
In reality, however, the Blood Moon is a perfectly natural astronomical occurrence which happens twice a year, every year.
According to NASA astronomers, the total eclipse occurs whenever the moon’s tilted orbit around Earth aligns enough with the sun to pass through Earth’s shadow.
Throughout the eclipse scattered sunlight refracted in the Earth’s atmosphere causes the moon to take on a red glow.
The upcoming Blood Moon eclipse on July 27 will be the longest eclipse to rise in the 21st century.
Clocking in at one hour and 43 minutes, the July Blood Moon will be nearly 40 minutes longer than the Super Blue Blood Moon eclipse on January 31 this year.
In addition to the total eclipse, the moon will be partially eclipsed for about an hour before and after the main event.
In total, stargazers will be treated to about four hours worth of eclipse goodness, but for many in the U.S., however, the viewing will be limited to photos and online videos.
Astronomer Bruce McClure of EarthSky.org, said: “This lunar eclipse is primarily visible from the world’s Eastern Hemisphere. “North America, most of the Arctic and much of the Pacific Ocean will miss out entirely.”
To get a view of the eclipse, you would have to travel to Africa, the Middle East, southern Asia or the Indian Ocean area. According to space.com, the eclipse will be visible from eastern South America as it is ending and from Australia as it is beginning.
The time of the greatest eclipse will be 4:21 p.m. EDT on July 27. The total eclipse will last from 3:30 p.m. to 5:13 p.m. EDT.
The only hope left for stargazers is to seek out online broadcasts of the lunar eclipse.
NASA also chimed in with its own live broadcast of the event on NASA TV and will show a repeat of the event on July 27.
You can also follow Express.co.uk on the night of the Blood Moon eclipse for the latest eclipse stories and Blood Moon live streams.
The next total lunar eclipse visible for North America will occur on Jan. 21, 2019, with the best views for those on the West Coast. After that, there will be total solar eclipses on July 2, 2019 and Dec. 14, 2020.