Blood moon should be an eerie spectacle this Friday evening

Blood moon should be an eerie spectacle this Friday evening

In an online sermon titled "Prophecy Alert: Blood Moon Is Rising", the popular US Evangelical Pastor Paul Begley said he believes the eclipse is a sign of the "end of days", specifically because it comes in the same year that the US moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. All celestial bodies - sun, moon and earth - have to be in flawless alignment for the phenomenon to occur. But it's time to take out those cameras again because, guess what, the Moon's coming back in red. The penumbra is the partial outer shadow, and the umbra is the full, dark shadow.

As it lines up with the Earth and sun, the rising full moon will darken and change from silver to rusty or terrible blood red. "We see that red light reflected back towards us". This means it will be passing through space at a point where the cone of Earth's shadow is wider, making the eclipse last longer.

Andrew Batchelor, founder of Dundee Culture, said: "The longest lunar eclipse this century takes place on Friday".

South Africa's next total lunar eclipse is early morning of 16 May 2022. And weather permitting, the Full Buck moon should not disappoint.

In Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane the moon will begin to turn red at around 4.24am Australian Eastern Standard Time on Saturday.

On the night of the Blood Moon, the Earth's shadow cast by the sun will paint the July full moon a deep reddish to orange hue.

The closest this lunar eclipse will come to happening to the contiguous United States will be the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico! It is going to be visible around the world, with best views from Asia, Australia, Europe and South America. The best viewing spots on Friday will be near the Middle East, Southeastern Africa, Asia, and India.

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The BM Birla Science Centre said the eclipse itself would start a little before midnight at about 11.15pm IST.

EarthSky.org has a map showing more exact times.

Sadly, North Americans will miss out entirely.

Well, whether you think it'll be the end of our existence or just another lunar eclipse, one thing's for sure.

Our red moon will have some company Friday. So white and the blue spectrum is scattered, but the red remains.

Mars is reaching its opposition, when it's in alignment on the opposite side of the Earth and the sun. "On the 27th July, Mars will be at its closest to the Earth, with the moment of opposition itself being in the early morning, although here in the United Kingdom we'll have to wait until nighttime". The brighter Mars will remain very close to the eclipsed Moon in the sky on July 27-28 and can be spotted very easily with the naked eye.

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