Mega-Harvest-Blood Moon Total Eclipse!

July 20, 2017
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Get ready for the … Mega-Harvest-Blood Moon Total Eclipse! It’s coming up—one of the biggest sky events of 2015. Make sure you’re sitting down, because this is a lot to handle all at once.

On Sunday September 27, it’s the Harvest Moon. See September Full Moon times. This is not only the closest and largest Moon of the entire year, but also the Full Moon goes into a total lunar eclipse at the same time! And it’s visible from your front yard. Or backyard. Doesn’t matter.

See lunar eclipse times for September 27 here.

This total eclipse of the Moon will be visible from North America! It will be a wonderful thing to observe, and we’ll get into the whats, hows, and cool details next week. For now, let’s look at the wilder aspects that the media are already latching onto.

  • You see, astronomers may say that when the Moon comes close to us it has reached its “perigee.” But the media, at least the past few years, calls a nearby moon a “MegaMoon” or “SuperMoon.” And if it happens on the same night it’s full, then watch out: We Have a Mega Full Moon.
  • That’s not all. When the full Moon goes into Earth’s shadow, astronomers call it a total lunar eclipse. Typically happens every year or two. But the media have started referring to this event as a “Blood Moon.” Maybe that derives from several Bible passages, such as Revelation 6:12:

And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

—which kind of suggests that the end of the world is approaching.

No matter that a fully eclipsed Moon actually turns coppery red like a penny, more like orange, and not remotely red like blood. Anyone with blood the color of an eclipsed moon should go to the emergency room.

None of that matters. What’s important is that you’re going to increasingly hear about this event during the coming days, and it may sound like something scary or dangerous. Mega-Harvest-Blood Moon. If this doesn’t get the coyotes howling, nothing will!

It’s not dangerous—although we really can expect the year’s highest and lowest tides that day and the next. But you do want to watch it.

We’ll tell you all about how close is the Moon, the exact timing, what to look for and all sort of juicy hints and tidbits right here, next week.

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Shine On..Harvest Moon!

Thanks Glenda! Your comment regarding the Jewish calendar explains a lot. We were given the moon to rule the night and the sun to rule the day thereby dividing time into days, seasons, and years. To me, a blood-red-harvest-moon-solar-eclipse is an awesome showing of His sovereignty!

Can't wait to see it! great

Can't wait to see it!

great article, thanks Bob.

Nothing is said about the

Nothing is said about the more-than-coincidental occurrence of four consecutive blood moons on four Jewish feasts - with a solar eclipse midway between the last two; nor, did you mention that the April 4, 2015 blood moon was the briefest eclipse on record, to be followed on Sept. 27-28, 2015 by the longest eclipse in 400 years. If, by chance, the sun turns to absolute darkness, modern astronomy will owe Someone a huge apology.

Right -- can't mention all

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Right -- can't mention all connections with folklore, legend, religion, etc since I only have a few hundred words. But tell you what: if the sun turns black that day I will not only give you a personal apology for sounding skeptical, but a free lifetime subscription, on me. Actually, I think the "sun turns black" and "moon turns red like blood" both sound like allusions to eclipses, don't they? 

The reason any full moon

The reason any full moon falls on a Jewish holiday, is because Jewish holidays are celebrated according to the Lunar calendar. That's also the reason Easter celebration changes each year. It is always scheduled to be the first Sunday after the the full moon after the Equinox which occurs March 21-22. So sometimes Easter is in March & sometimes it falls in April.
Without the full moons, there would be no Jewish holidays, since they used the moon to guide their calendar.
They even went so far as to calculate every full moon going back 6,000 yrs to record all previous Jewish holiday dates when we changed to the calendar we use now.
Thus, there cannot be a "blood moon" that will not invariably fall on a Jewish holiday.
It is not a coincidence or a supernatural occurrence for the lunar eclipse to happen on those holidays.

The Joel 2:31 prophecy and

The Joel 2:31 prophecy and Apostle Peter's citing Joel's prophecy in Acts 2:20, should not necessarily be associated with a harvest moon of any variety. The sun turned to darkness and moon turning to blood may be due to conditions caused by the great earthquake. There is many of late, that are pointing to the various harvest moons as hairbringers of dire economic events and end time prophecies coming true, based solely on harvest moons, and the dates they occur. Especially in relation to days, months and years that the Apostle Paul chided the Galatian church for, when they were enticed in turning back to the law.
Galatians 4:9-11 KJVS
[9] But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? [10] Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. [11] I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.

Suggested reading "FOUR BLOOD

Suggested reading "FOUR BLOOD MOONS" by John Hagee

Oh no, not John Hagee...

Oh no, not John Hagee...

I have read many articles on

I have read many articles on this subject.not one has mentioned the time that will occur.

Start time 10:11 eastern end

Start time 10:11 eastern end 11:30

Thanks, Dee-  yes, this is

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Thanks, Dee-  yes, this is the time totality starts. But I'd recommend starting at 9:07 PM EDT, when the visible partial eclipse begins, if you have enough patience for the whole show.

Hopefully the weather will be

Hopefully the weather will be clear then.
September 27 is my birthday, and our anniversary!

Wishing you luck and the

Wishing you luck and the clearest of skies for your birthday and anniversary!

Hi Michelle -    It'll

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Hi Michelle -

   It'll visibly start at 9:07 PM EDT.

 -  BB will give you will give you the time at your location of any astronomical event you're interested in, including sunsets, moonrises, and everything in between. If I see something interesting on, my next move is to go to


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