NEVER before has there been so much hype around an upcoming lunar event.
This weekend’s full Moon is a supermoon, the biggest and brightest full Moon of the year. And it is going to be eclipsed. On Sunday evening, Sept. 27th, the supermoon will pass through the shadow of Earth, turning the lunar disk a coppery shade of red, a so-called Blood Moon.
Sky watchers in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and eastern parts of Asia can see the event.
A Blood Moon is a total lunar eclipse, when its colour goes a dull red or copper colour as it passes into the earth’s shadow, as the Sun’s light is refracted and scattered forward through our atmosphere and onto the Moon’s surface.
This Blood Moon is special because it is the fourth in a series of the rare events with an 18-month period which began last April.
It also coincides, for the first time in 33 years, with a Supermoon, when the full moon will also appear 14% larger and 30% brighter in the sky than normal because it is when the Moon makes its closest approach to Earth and appears largest in the sky.
The scarcity of the event has led some religious groups and online theorists to claim it is a sign from the heavens of impending doom such as an asteroid strike or earthquakes.
But Nasa, and most astronomers, have called for calm assuring nothing like that is about to happen.
Biblical Prophecies say that this rare lunar eclipse is a sign from God before the apocalypse and the second coming of Christ.
Chances are, like many prophecies before this one will come and go without major incident.
There have been just five such events since 1900 (in 1910, 1928, 1946, 1964 and 1982), NASA said.
Enjoy this Supermoon Total Eclipse which will not be visible again for 18 years.
There will not be 4 Blood Moons total eclipses together again until 2032-2033.