A Blood Moon used to strike fear into ancient civilizations. They didn’t realize that what they were seeing was the result of a total lunar eclipse. Many thought of it as an omen of things to come both good and bad. Today we know it’s simply the shadow of the earth passing across the moon’s orbit in space. Of course it’s somewhat rare to have any eclipse occur although lunar eclipses happen with greater frequency than solar. However, it is statistically unique to have 4 of them happen within 18 months of each other.
A portent of things to come?
Not to be outdone by the science, there are some people who are predicting that this cluster of Blood Moons is an omen of things to come. Bad things of course. Good news doesn’t make good copy nor does it sell books. It’s starting to feel like we live in one of those ancient civilizations. Astronomers are taking a more logical approach although Blood Moons reveal little new scientific information other than demonstrating the orbiting cycle of the earth and moon. In fact, astromoners don’t even refer to this type of eclipse as a “Blood Moon.”
What causes a Blood Moon?
The red color that causes a Blood Moon is the result of the sun’s light passing over the earth as earth’s shadow is cast on the moon. Longer, red rays that you often see illuminating clouds at sunset create the orangish, red color when the earth, sun and moon are in a certain alignment. In fact, it’s possible the predicted Blood Moons won’t be orange or red. You don’t know if you’re going to have a Blood Moon until it happens, but the odds look pretty good for these next three.
The First Blood Moon of this Cycle.
In case you missed it, the first Blood Moon of this cycle occured on April 15th of 2014. I call it the IRS moon. Why not give it some contemporary symbolism? I’m sure there was plenty of gnashing of teeth and wringing of hands going on. I took the photo featured in this article using a standard DSLR digital camera with a 20mm to 100mm zoom lens. I’m hoping to capture the whole set.
Here’s the schedule for the coming Blood Moons. The next Blood Moon is scheduled for October 8, 2014. Two more follow in 2015 with one occuring on September 28th, 2015 and the other on April 4th, 2015. Unfortunately, not everyone will be able to see them. Check this website for viewing areas around the world. With any luck, you’ll see all three of the coming Blood Moons. Hopefully there will be nothing to gnash your teeth about.