The second of four lunar eclipses (2014 -2015) that cause the moon to turn red.
A total eclipse of the full moon on October 8, 2014 will be visible in many areas on our planet, with the exception of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Also called Hunter’s Moon and Blood Moon, the eclipse is the second in a series of four so-called Blood Moon eclipses, a lunar tetrad.
For folks in New Zealand, Australia and eastern Asia the total lunar eclipse can be seen after sunset on October 8th, while those in western Asia can watch a partial eclipse. North Americans and Hawaiians have to get up early if they want to watch the eclipse in the hours before sunrise on October 8th; at the same time a partial eclipse can be observed in large parts of South America.
This celestial phenomenon has intrigued mankind throughout the eons. Many predictions have been based on the sighting of the blood moon as it was usually interpreted as a sign of god. According to biblical prophecy, the sun, moon, and stars are connected to Israel. Christians believe God has used the science of astronomy in connection with historical events to write prophetic messages in the heavens. Incidentally in the past, the rare appearance of four blood moons on Jewish feast days coincided with major events for Israel and the Jewish people. In April of this year, the blood moon appeared on Passover, and the upcoming one will appear during the Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot. The timing is the same for 2015 – a total of four blood moons (called a lunar tetrad), all appearing on Jewish feast days.
Nowadays we know that the red colour is caused by the so-called Rayleigh scattering of sunlight through the Earth’s atmosphere, the same effect that causes sunsets to appear red.
The passing of four lunar eclipses causing the moon to turn to blood in the sky during Jewish sacred holidays is a rare event and it “does” relate to milestone moments for the Jewish people. It happened during the two years following the Spanish Inquisition of 1492 that essentially caused the second of two Sephardic Jewish Diasporas out of Spain. The first of which in the 1390s prompted Nostradamus’ Jewish ancestors to cross the Pyrenees to Carcassonne, France and later settle in Provence, the story of which is detailed in my newly released biography on the Life of Nostradamus…” More…
Enjoy the spectacle!
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