Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Earth | Super Moon | Lunar Eclipse

Update: Mormons have now jumped on the eschatological bandwagon: “They predict the full moon Sept. 28 is the next sign the world is ending.” See Why Some Mormons Are Preparing For Doomsday. OK, that does it. I am maxing out all eight of my credit cards before September 28.

I guess most of you are making plans to observe the Supermoon / Lunar Eclipse coming up on September 28. As you know, that night the moon will be only 221,753 miles from earth, the closest it gets during all of 2015. The average distance of the moon from the earth is 238,000 miles. The moon will not get this close to earth again until November 14, 2016. It will appear 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger than normal. But the Supermoon alone is not the big deal. The big deal is that there will also be a total lunar eclipse the same night. A Supermoon and a lunar eclipse at the same time is a rare event. It happened only four times in the twentieth century: in 1910, 1928, 1948, and 1982. It will not a happen again until 2033.
Size of average Supermoon compared with size of average Micromoon (moon at its furthest distance from earth). 
During a lunar eclipse the moon turns red, resulting in a so-called Blood Moon. Blood Moons have always titillated Eschatologists. This one is no different. Most of them are quoting the Bible. 
Joel 2:31: “And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come.”  
Acts 2:20: “The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.” 
Revelation 6:12: “ . . . and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood.”
For more on the Blood Moon / End of the World Scenario see John Hagee’s Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change