Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Total eclipse of Blood Moon tonight

Tonight – the night of October 7-8, 2014 – there is a total eclipse of the full moon. It’s also a Blood Moon, and this eclipse is the second in a series of four so-called Blood Moon eclipses. For North America and the Hawaiian Islands, the total lunar eclipse happens in the wee hours before sunrise on October 8. For New Zealand, Australia and eastern Asia, the total eclipse is seen after sunset on October 8. A partial lunar eclipse can be seen before sunrise October 8 from much of South America, or after sunset October 8 from western Asia.

This rare cosmic sight actually shouldn’t be possible, since during a lunar eclipse the Sun and the Moon are exactly 180 degrees apart in the sky. The reason us Earthlings get a glimpse of the red Moon is because of the Earth’s atmosphere, which appears to lift the images of the two heavenly bodies above the horizon by atmospheric refraction. Instead of disappearing entirely into a total eclipse, the Moon will likely glow a shade of orange or red as sunlight is bent through the Earth’s atmosphere and then reflected back by the Moon. As the Moon passes through the Earth’s shadow, it should go through a succession of shades from reds to browns and possibly even black, depending on how clear the air is and how deeply the Moon goes into the umbra.

The total lunar eclipse of Oct. 8, 2014 will be visible from a wide area on Earth, as shown in this visibility map from released by Sky & Telescope Magazine.    Credit: Sky & Telescope Magazine

In 2014 – 2015 a rare sequence of Tetrad Red Blood Moon lunar eclipses are occurring on the Jewish Holidays of Passover and the Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles). Two solar eclipses will also occur in 2015 on the Jewish New Years for KINGS and Feast of Trumpets Holidays.

How common is a Tetrad Of Total Lunar Eclipses?

Depending upon the century in which you live, a lunar tetrad (four consecutive total lunar eclipses, spaced at six lunar months apart from one another) may happen fairly frequently - or not at all.

For instance, in our 21st century (2001-2100), there are a total 8 tetrads, but in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, there were none at all. If we include all the centuries from the 1st century (AD 1-100) through the 21st century (2001-2100), inclusive, there are a total of 62 tetrads. The last one occurred in 2003-2004, and the next one after the 2014-2015 tetrad will happen in 2032-2033.

Let’s consider the narrowing geographic focus of events associated with the only tetrads of total lunar eclipses falling exclusively on Passover and Sukkot since the 15th century:

The World – In 1492 the Jews were expelled from Spain, the Spanish officially discovered the Americas, and the Jews spread out to live in many new countries, including the United States, where eventually there were more Jews than in Israel.  Within one year of these historical events there was a holiday tetrad of blood moons in 1493 and 1494.

The Nation of Israel  – Israel was re-established as a nation in 1948, and within a year of this independence there was a blood moon tetrad on the Passovers and Sukkots of 1949 and 1950.

The City of Jerusalem – Israelis reunited all of Jerusalem under Jewish rule after recapturing East Jerusalem and the Temple Mount in 1967.  Within a year, there was a similar tetrad of blood moons in 1967 and 1968.

Jesus declared the Sun, Moon and the Stars would give signs before his 2nd coming.

Luke 21: 25-28 “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; 26 men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”

Luke 21: 36 "Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."

How does a person become worthy to escape the wrath coming to this world and stand before the Son of Man ?
1 Thessalonians 5:9 "For God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ."
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."

If you can't see the total eclipse from your own backyard, you can catch it live online via the following webcasts.
This chart depicts the different stages of the total lunar eclipse of Oct. 8, 2014, and when they will occur based on different time zones. The lunar eclipse will be visible, weather permitting, to observers across North America, the Pacific Ocean and parts of Asia and Australia.     Credit: Joe Rao/Space.com

1) The NASA webcast — begins at 3 a.m. EDT (0700 GMT) on Oct. 8

2) The Slooh Community Observatory
Slooh's starting at 5 a.m. EDT (0900 GMT).

3) Virtual Telescope Project webcast will start at 6 a.m. EDT (1000 GMT)


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