Is the Upcoming July Blood Moon a Sign of the End Times?

Blood Moon: July 27 total lunar eclipse will be the longest one of the 21st century

Blood Moon: July 27 total lunar eclipse will be the longest one of the 21st century

And while the full moon will only last the day, Saturn will be visible in the night sky for several more months.

If you're reading this you've probably seen a lunar eclipse before, but as amateur and professional astronomers know, it's not a "seen one, seen 'em all" situation.

The next significant lunar event to grace our skies will be a lunar eclipse at the end of July.

The July 27 blood moon is expected to last beyond 100 minutes, and is expected to cast a larger shadow over the Earth than previously recorded moons. This rare astronomical spectacle will be almost 40 minutes longer than the January 31 Super Blue Blood Moon. The eclipse will be viewable throughout the world.

Apocalypse "prophets" have claimed next month's Blood Moon is a sign that the world is about to end. This hue is typical of June full moons because they rise so low in the sky, which allows the light to be filtered by the atmosphere such that the orange and red become more visible.

The next total lunar eclipse that will be visible to us in the United States will be early next year, January 20-21. The next year with two total lunar eclipses is 2022.

Why Is This Particular Lunar Eclipse So Long?

"This time, the moon is passing closer to the center of that cone, and it's therefore a little bit longer than the eclipse we had back in January".

A blood moon - and the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century - will occur on the night of June 27 and the morning of June 28. Including that penumbral time, the eclipse will last for 3 hours and 55 minutes.

"Sometimes called an apogean full moon, or micro-moon or mini-moon, this smaller and slower-moving full moon takes more time to cross the Earth's shadow than does a full moon that's closer to Earth and moving faster in orbit", McClure said.

Whether you believe an event like a blood moon has prophetic significance, or is simply part of the way God created the heavenly bodies, it is most certainly an opportunity to marvel at the wonder of Creation.

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