The Lunar Eclipse (Blood Moon) on Wednesday Night 08/10/14 Photographer: Cassie Williams
The Lunar Eclipse (Blood Moon) on Wednesday Night 08/10/14 Photographer: Cassie Williams

Blood moon causes religious jitters

A "BLOOD moon", during which the moon turns a reddish colour as it passes through the Earth's shadow during a lunar eclipse, will be seen on September 28.

But it is not, as some American Christian fundamentalists claim, that it is the end of the world.

And because the blood moon will be combined with a so-called supermoon they are getting even more jittery.

In fact, there has been so much talk about it among Christian fundamentalists, NASA has been forced to issue a calming statement.

Read NASA's statement here.

According to NASA this is the first time in more than 30 years there will be a supermoon-lunar eclipse at the same time.

According to Noah Petro, deputy project scientist for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland, said because the orbit of the moon was not a perfect circle, the moon was sometimes closer to the Earth.

But Cornerstone Church founder John Hagee, of San Antonio, Texas, said in a best selling book in 2013 the four blood moons in 2014 and 2015 were a signal sent by God.

He and others cite Biblical references:

Joel 2:31 states: "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."



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