What was all the hype about the Blood Moon for, anyway?

There’s a good chance you heard quite a bit about the blood moon lately, whether you saw some posts about it on social media, read something about it on a news site or overheard people talking about it in passing. But, what exactly is a blood moon, anyway? And, why was there so much hype about it?

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The so-called ‘blood moon,’ as many have called it, is actually a full lunar eclipse, where the moon turns a reddish or orange hue, as it does during any full eclipse. This is due to the sunlight hitting the moon as it passes through the atmosphere during the Earth’s sunset and sunrise.

The shadow of the earth falls on the moon during a total lunar eclipse in Malaga

That being said, this full lunar eclipse, was not so different than any other lunar eclipse, even though plenty of hype was built with the blood moon moniker it received. That name was actually coined by John Hagee and Mark Blitz, Christian pastors who suggested that this occurrence may have some significance religiously, due to it being part of a tetrad, or four lunar eclipses in a row. The first and third of these eclipses fall on the Jewish Passover in April 2014 and 2015, while the second and fourth of these eclipses fall during the October 2014 and 2015 Jewish Tabernacles festival. However, this isn’t that much of a surprise, given the Jewish calendar is a lunar-based calendar. It’s also of interesting reference to know that Hagee is also the pastor who was known internationally for his “Could 2012 be the end of the world as we know it?” sermons.

Nonetheless, the ‘blood moon’ was quite an astonishing event for those that could see it, as the cloud covering obscured the view for many. Thankfully, though, there were many beautiful photos captured of this amazing nighttime spectacle, where the full lunar eclipse took place a couple hours after midnight on April 15th.

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