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Quicky explanation of the term "blood moon"


Monday, April 14, 2014

Apparently some folks are concerned that seeing a "blood moon"means the earth is going to end or something like that.While I have complete respect to anyone and everyone's religious beliefs, this time science can come to the rescue.

There is a full lunar eclipse tonight. This means that the moon, the Earth and the Sun are all lined up with the Earth in the middle - the moon is in the Earth's umbra, or shadow. The moon isn't completely invisible though - because of the angle at which the light from the sun passes through the Earth's atmosphere, the moon appears reddish. This is where the name "blood moon"comes from. There will be another total lunar eclipse sometime this autumn - I forget exactly when. There are between two and five lunar eclipses each year, although not all of them are full eclipses.

Sometimes the full moon in October is called the Blood Moon. This, like another traditional name, the Hunters Moon, is referring to the fact that October is when animals were slain to prepare for the long winter ahead.
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FRABBIT 4/16/2014 2:58PM

  Thanks for the explaination!

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AJDOVER1 4/15/2014 10:37PM

    Thanks! I love stuff like this.

The world can't end today, it's already tomorrow in New Zealand....

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BETHGILLIGAN 4/15/2014 8:19PM

    Thank you for the info!!

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MOM2ACAT 4/15/2014 7:13PM

    I never heard about til this morning, until I was in my doctor's office and heard the staff talking about it. I wish I would have peeked out and looked at it last night, would have been a cool sight to see!

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 4/15/2014 10:58AM

    Educational. Thanks!

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WILSONWR 4/15/2014 8:31AM

    Thanks for the great explanation!

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KARENE10 4/15/2014 7:06AM

    Nice Science lesson~ emoticon

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MTRACHEL 4/15/2014 12:00AM

    so glad you reminded me to wake in the night tonight!



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MCJULIEO 4/14/2014 11:25PM

    Thanks for the explanation!

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_UMAMI_ 4/14/2014 10:03PM

    Here's a link to times, etc. for those interested:
http://www.skyandtel
escope.com/astronomy-news/obser
ving-news/aprils-total-eclipse-
of-the-moon/

And now I must go listen to Klaus Nomi.

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_UMAMI_ 4/14/2014 9:15PM

    Also, there is the thing where all four blood moons will occur on Jewish holidays (2014-2015?). Yes, the end is nigh. (Said she, who got married during the scary days of Y2K.)
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I SWEAR I saw a blood moon when I was nursing my eldest, and my period came back (first post-partum), and it was really weird. Now I can't find anything that coincides with that. AM I CRAZY??? Hmmm....maybe it was second child?)
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Anyway, enjoy it if you're having one of your sleepless nights. I'm going to attempt to rise mid-sleep, get my youngest up, and have a gander. Trying to muster my sense of fat-but-adventurous.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/14/2014 9:02PM

    I wish I were up for the eclipse but it's right during my sleep time.

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SOUL2SHINE79 4/14/2014 7:31PM

    Hahaha! I didn't know about the blood moon..thanks for letting us know! I was wondering what phase the moon is in today though, because i've been a crazy lunatic! It's all starting to make sense! : ) emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 4/14/2014 7:09PM

    I also think some are concerned about the unprecedented number of them that are supposed to appear in a relatively short time? Thanks for the info, Scoot.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 4/14/2014 6:47PM

    Thanks for the explanation!

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POSITIVEHOPE 4/14/2014 6:36PM

    Thank you for the explanation and science lesson. You did a nice job without visual illustrations. I am not afraid that the world will end but it is nice to know.

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