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Blood moon: A total lunar eclipse viewer’s guide

Is the Blood Moon Scientific or Spiritual?

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The year 2013 has come to  an end.  What a year it has been.  Meteor strikes, rare comets, solar flares, mass animal deaths, wars and rumors of wars, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, severe weather patterns, and sink holes, just to name some of what the world has encountered.  Bible prophecy has continued to unfold in the Middle East as nations gather momentum against Israel, Egyptians continue to battle brother against brother, the Syrian civil war continues to tear the country to pieces, and the African continent is riddled with the mass genocide of Christians!

The world is a very unstable place.  There is no sign of peace.  Biblical wars could very easily erupt at any time, the stage has already been set.  Civil unrest is present throughout the globe, people are hungry, they are afraid, and they are uneasy.

Natural disasters are inevitable.  From what we have seen in 2013, 2014 looks like it will be another year of unprecedented natural disasters as well.  From volcanic eruptions to earthquakes, from unstable weather patterns to floods and droughts.  Not to mention the increase in disease, pestilence and plagues.

Now we ascend on the Phenomenal of the BLOOD MOON

The beginning of a New Year lies before us just days away.  What will 2014 bring our way?  What strange and unusual events will unfold before our eyes?  What bible prophecies will be fulfilled if any.  These are the questions that have been running through my mind lately.

Science does not explain causation, purpose, or belief. Yes, there will be a blood moon tonight. Yes, it coincides with Passover. Scientists (and others) should not belittle any religious or spiritual significance to the interesting correlation between the two.

Do scientific explanation produce an interpretation that is purely void of God or spirituality. Who is the scientist to say there is no God, or that God didn’t know about this simply because they can’t explain astronomical phenomena? Explanation is not causation and does not eliminate the possibility of a being who understood or allowed these things to happen.

Interpretation of scientific events CAN have spiritual meaning to individuals. Scientists, can a scientist allow for this type of thinking?  OR Not?

1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. Psalms 19:1-2

Late Monday night, the moon is going to bleed in a crimson hue as the night sky attempts to swallow it whole. At least, that was the 16th-century interpretation of a total lunar eclipse. Those in North and South America are in for a treat.

A lunar eclipse was a great reason to freak out 500 years ago. Video screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET

For those of us here in the United States, a pretty stellar — and lunar — year of eclipse watching is about to kick off. It begins late Monday night when the full moon passes into Earth’s reddish-orange shadow, creating a disappearing blood-moon effect that’s enough to make you think you’ve been transported into Westeros and a long winter has finally arrived.

This week’s full-blown eclipse is just one of four we’ll see in the coming months — the night will also appear to swallow the moon on October 8 of this year and April 4 and September 28 of 2015. This grouping is called a tetrad, and it’s a particularly rare tetrad because there’s a good chance that all four events will be visible from most locations in the United States, according to NASA. This will be one of just nine tetrads to occur in the 21st century. In the past, though, we’ve gone as long as three centuries with no tetrads, so it’s a good time to be an eclipse fan.

The eclipse will begin Monday night at 11 p.m. on the West Coast or 2 a.m. Eastern. (It’ll also be visible from South America.) An hour later, the moon should be fully in the umbral shadow of Earth, which projects a reddish glow on to our lone satellite. This happens because our planet doesn’t exactly block all the sun’s light from reaching the moon and being reflected back to us.

To paraphrase the NASA video below, think of the reddish hue of the eclipsed moon as the light of every sunrise and sunset occurring on Earth at that moment — the little bits of the sun’s glow that are seeping around the edge of Earth’s obstructive disc and making their way to the moon.

The red phase of the moon should last for about 78 minutes according to NASA,  if your local forecast calls for cloudy skies or you don’t happen to be in North or South America, you can still catch the eclipse online

What is your interpretation of  The Blood Moon?  Spiritual or Scientific?

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