Going through http://earthsky.org/… /dates-of-next-lunar-and-solar-eclipses I made the (what was for me - momentous) discovery that
March 20, 2015 - New moon - is a Solar Eclipse, and that the succeeding April 04, 2015 - Full moon - heralds a Lunar Eclipse.
- Is it common that both New/Full moon in a fort-night cause an eclipse?
- When was the last time an Eclipse occurred back-to-back on a consecutive New Moon/Full Moon?
As written here:
Another oddity of nature is that solar eclipses and lunar eclipses tend to come in pairs - a solar eclipse always takes place about two weeks before or after a lunar eclipse.
Rules of Eclipses (Solar and Lunar)… Eclipses tend to go in pairs or threes : solar-lunar-solar. Lunar eclipse always preceeded by or followed by a solar eclipse (two weeks between them)
So, seems like a totally common thing.
P.S. The previous pair was first lunar on Oct 8, 2014, and then solar on Oct 23rd.
.2015: When last did both New/Full moon in a fort-night cause an Eclipse? - Astronomy
NEW MOON IN ARIES/KRITTIKA
JUNE 10,2021 NEW MOON IN TAURUS/MRIGASHIRA
FULL MOON ECLIPSE IN SCORPIO/ANURADHA
Kali Yuga (Sanskrit: कलियुग, romanized: kaliyuga or kali-yuga) means “the age of Kali (demon)”, “the age of darkness”, “the age of vice and misery”, or “the age of quarrel and hypocrisy”. Kali Yuga is described in the Mahabharata, Manusmriti, Surya Siddhanta, Vishnu Smriti, and various Puranas.
For those of you who have taken time to study even a little bit of the Vedas, you would come across the explanation that earth travels through different assigned periodic cycles. It is pretty easy to see that we are currently in the age of Kali Yuga.
The Vedas are the oldest body of knowledge in the world, so this information was left to us by a great race, called the Indoo people. Indoo morphed into Hindu and it became a religion, but it is not a religion. Veda means,’knowledge’.
Yoga, Astrology, Ayurveda, Tantra, Vastu, Mantra are becoming popular in the west now, but the Veda’s are sourced in northern India.
During this very intense moment in history, let us look at what attributes they told us would let us know that we are in Kali Yuga.
Satya Yuga: virtue, enlightenment, spirituality
Treta Yuga: 25% loss of these virtues
Dvapara Yuga: 50% loss of these virtues
Kali Yuga: 75% loss of these virtues.
Now there is controversy as to the exact timing of these ages, however, take a look at the description of Kali Yuga.
– Religion, honesty, purity, kindness, tolerance of the people will decrease day by day.
-Hipocrisy shall be practised as a virtue.
-People will suffer from a lack of physical strength, weak memory and shortened duration of life.
-The maximum life span will be reduced to 50 years.
-Wealth alone shall be. considered as one’s sign of noble birth, decent behavior and excellent qualities.
-Might will be right. Brute power will be considered justice.
-Men and women will live together merely because of superficial attraction.
-The institution of marriage will degenerate.
-Business shall be conducted and success achieved based on deception.
-Manliness and womanliness would be decided based on ones expertise in sex.
-A person’s spiritual position shall be defined bases on his externals.
-One who is very clever at juggling words will be judged a good scholar.
-One’s hairstyle will come to define ones’ beauty.
-Filling the belly would become an ultimate goal of life.
-A holy place would simply be considered to be a pool of water located at a distance.
-He who exhibits himself as the most powerful shall gain political power.
-Loosing their wives and property to these leaders, citizens will flee to the mountains and forests.
-Devastated with famine and excessive taxes, people will resort to eating roots, leaves, flesh, flowers, sees et .
-By the end of kali yuga, all creatures, including trees shall be considerable reduced in height.
-By the end of kali yuga, the religious principles of class and order shall be completely destroyed. The. Vedas will be forgotten, and society will be largely atheistic and animalistic.
-Deception, unnecessary violence will become the primary occupation of men.
IS IT OVER OR IS IT STILL ON?
According to some, like one person I admire very much, Sadguru, says’ Kali Yuga is over.
There is supposed to be a golden era around the ending of Kali Yuga.
There are many people becoming more conscious, but over all, given what is going on in the world, it feels like we are still in Kali Yuga. What do you think/feel?
A TURNING POINT?
As you may or may not know, President Trump has a highly unusual birth chart. He was born at a full moon eclipse exactly like the one we have now. This means he has Moon in Scorpio and Sun in Taurus and was also born during an eclipse. Normally I stay away from politics but given this unusual cosmic alignment I think we should pay attention.
WE ARE SOULS IN A MATERIAL WORLD..SORT OF…
Try to always remember that the physical world is only a fraction of what is going on, literally.
Did you know that you can only see about 5% of who you really are?
There is so much more going on. We are cosmic Beings travelling through space and time.
Apparently it is too boring to exist for ions floating around in space, so we incarnate and create drama for entertainment. Good vs. Evil.
Good always wins. The highest vibration in the universe is Love, not hate. Trust in that.
I am hoping that Sadguru is right, that this is the advent of a new era of higher consciousness and returning to order. Let’s see. In the meantime, people are instinctively looking for suitable tribes and locations that feel safe.
Some say the end of Kali Yuga is 2025 and that there will be a saviour called Kalki who rescues the situation.
There seems to be so much focus on the biblical prophesies at the moment. Jesus spent 14 years in India with the Vedic priests, this is common knowledge in India. Why do we need to live out a story from an ancient time? I don’t really get it. This is such a confusing time, but I believe this full moon eclipse marks the crescendo of one song, the culmination of darkness so that the light may return. Bless all of you. Thank you for your attention. I am living in Mexico, now opening my sacred jungle land to the people who seek high integrity sustainable community. Message me if you are looking for such a thing.
There is a T-square to Jupiter in Aquarius which makes me believe that there is a huge power struggle that leads to freedom. Freedom is the key message. Rebellion for freedom.
The Full Moon In Sagittarius On May 26 Signifies Some Major Changes
Eclipse season starts off with a bang when the Full Moon Eclipse in Sagittarius peaks on May 26! It will be a time for revelations, epiphanies and endings — especially in regards to our belief systems, sense of freedom and desires to expand. Change is coming are you ready?
You read that right—we’re officially entering into eclipse season! An eclipse is like a super-charged moon, in that they only happen when the plane of the earth’s orbit around the sun passes the plane of the moon’s orbit around the earth. This creates an eclipse season where the sun, moon and earth line up either shadowing the sun (creating a new moon) or shadowing the moon (creating a full moon).
These shadows and the blocking of light was what caused many of the ancients to proclaim eclipses to signal monumental shifts on an individual or collective level. Fortunately, eclipse seasons only last a couple of weeks, generally come in pairs and occur just twice a year. This eclipse season will bring a Full Moon Eclipse in Sagittarius on May 26 and a New Moon Eclipse in Gemini on June 10. After that, we get another six months eclipse-free.
The Super Flower Blood Full Moon Eclipse (say that five times fast!) on May 26 will push us to explore new heights in our individual journeys towards personal freedom. Aptly named for the timing of this full moon, when the flowers are blooming abundantly, this eclipse will show us the fruits of our labor achieved since the December 14 New Moon Eclipse in Sagittarius last year. Ask yourself: What intentions did you set back then? If your intentions are in the works, then you might find your dreams finally coming to fruition. If the pieces don’t feel like they are coming together yet, that’s okay — this eclipse will give you opportunities to course-correct.
Managing the energy of this eclipse lies in our ability to face our beliefs (and the beliefs of others) with curiosity and compassion.
During this full moon eclipse, the sun will be in communication-orientated Gemini, which will be opposite of the freedom-loving moon in Sagittarius. This duo will challenge us to balance our urge to talk and share with the need for us to listen. Some key questions to ask yourself during this very special full moon eclipse include: What do I need to let go of to gain greater freedom? What lessons have I been resisting that are restricting my freedom? Where have I been avoiding seeking the additional knowledge needed for my expansion? Where have my beliefs been closed to the perspectives of others?
Managing the energy of this eclipse lies in our ability to face our beliefs (and the beliefs of others) with curiosity and compassion. Remember, beliefs are learned and it is completely okay to outgrow a belief when your experience contradicts it! Because it will be in a tight square to Jupiter, this energy of shedding outdated belief systems will only be exasperated during this time.
All signs should spend some time in reflection and contemplation during this full moon. Journaling and meditating will help you find greater clarity in what you need to release, in order to to raise your vibrations in accordance with what you wish to manifest. Smudging your physical space, cleaning and organizing your home and taking purification baths during this time are also highly recommended.
This is a time to release anything that no longer serves you, so you can make room for all that does. Happy Full Moon Eclipse, love! Let the next six months be filled with a deeper connection to your spirit and soul.
How unusual are total lunar eclipses?
Total lunar eclipses aren’t that unusual there will be 85 total lunar eclipses in the twenty-first century. The greatest length of time between two consecutive total lunar eclipses is only three years. In between these “droughts” will be occurrences of three or even four total lunar eclipses, each separated by about six months. A little more than half the earth’s surface can witness at least a portion of a particular eclipse. So, from any given location, total lunar eclipses aren’t quite as common as these statistics might suggest.
The Moon Looks Red
Even though Earth blocks sunlight from directly reaching the surface of the Moon during a total lunar eclipse, the Moon is still visible to the naked eye. This is because Earth's atmosphere bends sunlight and indirectly lights up the Moon's surface.
When sunlight passes through the Earth's atmosphere, it gets refracted towards the Earth's surface, and part of it&mdashthe colors with shorter wavelengths&mdashgets scattered and filtered out, while the rest, colors with longer wavelengths like orange and red, passes through the atmosphere. This light is once again refracted towards the surface of the fully eclipsed Moon, thus illuminating it in a reddish-orange glow. Because of this, a total lunar eclipse is sometimes colloquially called a Blood Moon.
Different Colored Eclipses
A lunar eclipse can also be yellow, orange, or brown in color. This is because different types of dust particles and clouds in Earth's atmosphere allow different wavelengths to reach the surface of the Moon.
Tetrads and Blood Moons
A series of four consecutive total lunar eclipses with no partial or penumbral lunar eclipses in between is called a lunar tetrad. In recent years, eclipses in a lunar tetrad have also been popularly called Blood Moons. This usage of the term has no technical or astronomical basis and it is thought that it has Biblical origins.
At a Sagittarius full moon, there can be flash sightings of a new big picture.
Sagittarius is mutable fire, the sign of broad knowledge — the kind that connects the dots. This is very empowering and allows you to consider new and surprising possibilities.
A Sagittarius full moon brings together the lively curiosity of Gemini (Sun) and the sharp instincts of Sagittarius (Moon).
It's time for the enlightened Fool to set forth on a new adventure! Be watchful for prophetic dreams, and note the serendipity in waking life.
by Fred Espenak
An eclipse of the Moon (or lunar eclipse) can only occur at Full Moon, and only if the Moon passes through some portion of the Earth's shadow. The shadow is actually composed of two cone-shaped components, one nested inside the other. The outer or penumbral shadow is a zone where the Earth blocks part but not all of the Sun's rays from reaching the Moon. In contrast, the inner or umbral shadow is a region where the Earth blocks all direct sunlight from reaching the Moon.
There are three types of lunar eclipses:
- Penumbral - The Moon passes through Earth's penumbral shadow. These pale eclipses are faint and hard to see.
- Partial - A portion of the Moon passes through Earth's umbral shadow. These are easy to see with the unaided eye.
- Total - The entire Moon passes through Earth's umbral shadow. The Moon can turn orange, red or dark brown.
- The Jewish Passover occurs during the full moon.
- Full moon occurs when the moon is behind the earth.
- This means a supernatural darkness occurred over the earth.
- The darkness occurred during Christ’s death.
- The universe responded to the Creator’s death.
When an eclipse of the Moon takes place, everyone on the night side of Earth can see it. About 35% of all eclipses are of the penumbral type which are very difficult to detect, even with a telescope. Another 30% are partial eclipses which are easy to see with the unaided eye. The final 35% or so are total eclipses, and these are quite extrordinary events to behold.
For a complete introduction to this subject, see: Lunar Eclipses For Beginners.
Total Lunar Eclipse of 2004 Oct 27-28
Beginning (right), middle (center) and end (left) of totality
(click to see photo gallery)
Lunar Eclipses: 2015 - 2035
Penumbral eclipses are of little interest because they are hard to see. If we consider only partial and total lunar eclipses, how often do they occur? The number of lunar eclipses in a single year can range from 0 to 3. The last time that 3 total lunar eclipses occurred in one calendar year was in 1982. Partial eclipses slightly outnumber total eclipses by 7 to 6.
The table below lists every lunar eclipse (including penumbral) from 2015 through 2035. Click on the eclipse Date to see a map and diagram of an eclipse. The second column TD of Greatest Eclipse is the Terrestrial Dynamical Time of greatest eclipse. The Umbral Magnitude is the fraction on the Moon's diameter immersed in the umbra at maximum eclipse. For magnitudes greater than 1.0, the eclipse is total. For negative values, it is a penumbral eclipse. The Eclipse Duration is the duration of the partial phases as well as the total phase (in bold total eclipses only). The Geographic Region of Eclipse Visibility offers a brief description of where an eclipse can be seen. Although penumbral lunar eclipses are included in this list, they are usually hard to see because they are faint.
|Lunar Eclipses: 2015 - 2035|
|Calendar Date||TD of Greatest Eclipse||Eclipse Type||Saros Series||Umbral Magnitude||Eclipse Duration||Geographic Region of Eclipse Visibility|
|2015 Apr 04||12:01:24||Total||132||1.001||03h29m |
|Asia, Aus., Pacific, Americas|
|2015 Sep 28||02:48:17||Total||137||1.276||03h20m |
|e Pacific, Americas, Europe, Africa, w Asia|
|2016 Mar 23||11:48:21||Penumbral||142||-0.312||-||Asia, Aus., Pacific, w Americas|
|2016 Sep 16||18:55:27||Penumbral||147||-0.064||-||Europe, Africa, Asia, Aus., w Pacific|
|2017 Feb 11||00:45:03||Penumbral||114||-0.035||-||Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia|
|2017 Aug 07||18:21:38||Partial||119||0.246||01h55m||Europe, Africa, Asia, Aus.|
|2018 Jan 31||13:31:00||Total||124||1.315||03h23m |
|Asia, Aus., Pacific, w N.America|
|2018 Jul 27||20:22:54||Total||129||1.609||03h55m |
|S.America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Aus.|
|2019 Jan 21||05:13:27||Total||134||1.195||03h17m |
|c Pacific, Americas, Europe, Africa|
|2019 Jul 16||21:31:55||Partial||139||0.653||02h58m||S.America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Aus.|
|2020 Jan 10||19:11:11||Penumbral||144||-0.116||-||Europe, Africa, Asia, Aus.|
|2020 Jun 05||19:26:14||Penumbral||111||-0.405||-||Europe, Africa, Asia, Aus.|
|2020 Jul 05||04:31:12||Penumbral||149||-0.644||-||Americas, sw Europe, Africa|
|2020 Nov 30||09:44:01||Penumbral||116||-0.262||-||Asia, Aus., Pacific, Americas|
|2021 May 26||11:19:53||Total||121||1.009||03h07m |
|e Asia, Australia, Pacific, Americas|
|2021 Nov 19||09:04:06||Partial||126||0.974||03h28m||Americas, n Europe, e Asia, Australia, Pacific|
|2022 May 16||04:12:42||Total||131||1.414||03h27m |
|Americas, Europe, Africa|
|2022 Nov 08||11:00:22||Total||136||1.359||03h40m |
|Asia, Australia, Pacific, Americas|
|2023 May 05||17:24:05||Penumbral||141||-0.046||-||Africa, Asia, Australia|
|2023 Oct 28||20:15:18||Partial||146||0.122||01h17m||e Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia|
|2024 Mar 25||07:13:59||Penumbral||113||-0.132||-||Americas|
|2024 Sep 18||02:45:25||Partial||118||0.085||01h03m||Americas, Europe, Africa|
|2025 Mar 14||06:59:56||Total||123||1.178||03h38m |
|Pacific, Americas, w Europe, w Africa|
|2025 Sep 07||18:12:58||Total||128||1.362||03h29m |
|Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia|
|2026 Mar 03||11:34:52||Total||133||1.151||03h27m |
|e Asia, Australia, Pacific, Americas|
|2026 Aug 28||04:14:04||Partial||138||0.930||03h18m||e Pacific, Americas, Europe, Africa|
|2027 Feb 20||23:14:06||Penumbral||143||-0.057||-||Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia|
|2027 Jul 18||16:04:09||Penumbral||110||-1.068||-||e Africa, Asia, Australia, Pacific|
|2027 Aug 17||07:14:59||Penumbral||148||-0.525||-||Pacific, Americas|
|2028 Jan 12||04:14:13||Partial||115||0.066||00h56m||Americas, Europe, Africa|
|2028 Jul 06||18:20:57||Partial||120||0.389||02h21m||Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia|
|2028 Dec 31||16:53:15||Total||125||1.246||03h29m |
|Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, Pacific|
|2029 Jun 26||03:23:22||Total||130||1.844||03h40m |
|Americas, Europe, Africa, Mid East|
|2029 Dec 20||22:43:12||Total||135||1.117||03h33m |
|Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia|
|2030 Jun 15||18:34:34||Partial||140||0.502||02h24m||Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia|
|2030 Dec 09||22:28:51||Penumbral||145||-0.163||-||Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia|
|2031 May 07||03:52:01||Penumbral||112||-0.090||-||Americas, Europe, Africa|
|2031 Jun 05||11:45:17||Penumbral||150||-0.820||-||East Indies, Australia, Pacific|
|2031 Oct 30||07:46:44||Penumbral||117||-0.320||-||Americas|
|2032 Apr 25||15:14:51||Total||122||1.191||03h31m |
|eastern Africa, Asia, Australia, Pacific|
|2032 Oct 18||19:03:40||Total||127||1.103||03h16m |
|Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia|
|2033 Apr 14||19:13:51||Total||132||1.094||03h35m |
|Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia|
|2033 Oct 08||10:56:23||Total||137||1.350||03h22m |
|Asia, Australia, Pacific, Americas|
|2034 Apr 03||19:06:60||Penumbral||142||-0.227||-||Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia|
|2034 Sep 28||02:47:37||Partial||147||0.014||00h27m||Americas, Europe, Africa|
|2035 Feb 22||09:06:11||Penumbral||114||-0.053||-||eastern Asia, Pacific, Americas|
|2035 Aug 19||01:12:15||Partial||119||0.104||01h17m||Americas, Europe, Africa, Mid East|
Geographic abbreviations (used above): n = north, s = south, e = east, w = west, c = central
Upcoming lunar eclipses visible from the USA include May 26, 2021 , May 16, 2022 , and Nov 08, 2022 .
Photos of last night’s eclipse, plus tonight’s moon near Aldebaran
For us in North America, the November full moon is the Beaver Moon or Frosty Moon. In the Southern Hemisphere, where it’s the opposite time of year, the November full moon is a fixture of the spring season. For all of us, this November 2020 full moon shines directly in front of the constellation Taurus the Bull. It’s the third and final full moon of this Northern Hemisphere autumn or Southern Hemisphere spring.
We in North America were well placed to view last night’s partial penumbral eclipse of this full moon. Some photos are below.
On Monday night, the reddish star near the moon is still Aldebaran, Eye of the Bull in Taurus. The tiny dipper-shaped Pleiades star cluster will also be nearby.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Niccole Neely captured this photo on the morning of November 30, 2020. She wrote: “I woke up at 2:30 this morning to catch the Beaver Moon penumbral lunar eclipse in Phoenix, Arizona.” Thank you, Nicole! View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Nils Ribi in Sun Valley, Idaho caught the November 30, 2020 penumbral lunar eclipse, too. He wrote, “The penumbral eclipse of the full moon, November 30, 2020, 2:43 a.m. Mountain Standard time, the time of greatest eclipse, in Sun Valley, Idaho. It was nice to see that the eclipse was not that faint here.” Thank you, Nils!
It was the faintest of eclipses – nearly imperceptible – so that some of you would swear nothing was happening even while staring straight at it. Then again … observant people, like Nils Ribi, whose photo is above, did notice a subtle shading on the moon.
You had to be on the nighttime side of the Earth while the eclipse was taking place or you’d miss it altogether. We refer you to the worldwide map below showing the day and night sides of Earth at the instant of greatest eclipse.
Day and night sides of Earth at the instant of the greatest eclipse (November 30 at 09:43 UTC). The shadow line at left (running through South America) depicts sunrise November 30, while the shadow line at the right (passing through Asia and Australia) depicts sunset November 30. To see this eclipse, you have to be on the nighttime side of the world while the eclipse is taking place. Map via EarthView.
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At best, the eclipse might be visible to the eye for roughly an hour, centered on the greatest eclipse (mid-eclipse). We give the time of the greatest eclipse for United States time zones:
Eastern Standard Time (EST): 4:43 a.m. (November 30)
Central Standard Time:(CST): 3:43 a.m. (November 30)
Mountain Standard Time:(MST): 2:43 a.m. (November 30)
Pacific Standard Time (PST): 1:43 a.m. (November 30)
Alaska Standard Time (AKST): 12:43 a.m. (November 30)
Hawaii Standard Time (HST): 11:43 p.m. (November 29)
The full moon sweeps through the Earth’s penumbra (light shadow) on the night of November 29-30, 2020. At greatest eclipse, you might note a subtle shading on the moon’s northern hemisphere. Greatest eclipse on November 30 at 09:43 UTC. At U.S. time zones, that translates to November 30, at 4:43 a.m. EST, 3:43 a.m. CST, 2:43 a.m. MST, 1:43 a.m. PST, 12:43 a.m. AKST, and on November 29, at 11:43 p.m. HST.
We give the times for the beginning and ending of the penumbral eclipse in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Be mindful, however, that the eclipse won’t be visible to the eye until the moon’s disk is about 2/3 submerged in the penumbral shadow:
A lunar eclipse can only happen at full moon, but more often than not the full moon swings above or below the Earth’s shadow. On the night of November 29-30, 2020, the full moon swings south of the dark umbra, but the moon passes through the faint outer penumbra. At greatest eclipse, nearly 83% of the moon’s diameter is submerged in the penumbral shadow.
Penumbral eclipse begins: 07:32 UTC (November 30)
First visible?: 09:10 UTC (November 30)
Greatest eclipse: 09:43 UTC (November 30)
Last visible?: 10:10 UTC (November 30)
Penumbral eclipse ends: 11:53 UTC (November 30)
Click on TimeandDate.com to find local eclipse times for your sky
Although the moon actually looks full to the eye for two or three days in a row, the moon is astronomically full for only an instant – when it’s 180 degrees opposite the sun in ecliptic longitude. At full moon, the sun-moon elongation equals 180 degrees. Visit Unitarium.com to know the present elongation of the sun and moon, remembering that a positive number means a waxing moon and a negative number a waning moon.
Orion’s Belt, at the lower left, always points in the direction of the constellation Taurus the Bull. The star Aldebaran resides to the south of the ecliptic, or sun’s path across our sky – shown on this chart as a blue line – and the Pleiades star cluster to the north of the ecliptic.
Since the moon stays more or less opposite the sun throughout the night at the vicinity of full moon, look for the moon (and the constellation Taurus) to rise in the east around sunset, climb highest for the night around midnight and set in the west around sunrise.
Because the full moon resides opposite the sun in the northern constellation Taurus the Bull, the full moon’s path across the night sky will resemble that of the sun in the daytime sky for six months hence. In late May, the sun resides in the constellation Taurus, well to the north of the Earth’s equator. For both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, that means this northerly full moon will rise and set considerably north of due east and west. Therefore, for the Northern Hemisphere, this late November full moon will mimic the high path of the late May springtime sun and in the Southern Hemisphere, it’ll imitate the path of the late May autumn sun.
Bottom line: We in North America were well placed to view a partial penumbral eclipse of the November 2020 full moon on the night of November 29-30. Eclipse photos here.
Supermoon lunar eclipse time and date: September 27 2015 perigee full moon eclipse
(NASA) -- Coming soon for the first time in more than 30 years: you'll be able to witness a supermoon in combination with a lunar eclipse.
What time is the Supermoon lunar eclipse 2015?
Earth's shadow will begin to dim the "supermoon" slightly, beginning at 8.11 pm EDT, according to a report.
Late on Sept. 27, 2015, in the U.S. and much of the world, a total lunar eclipse will mask the moon's larger-than-life face for more than an hour.
But what is this behemoth of the night sky? Not a bird, not a plane, it's a supermoon! Although this incarnation of the moon comes around only once every year, it's not as mysterious as you might think.
"Because the orbit of the moon is not a perfect circle, the moon is sometimes closer to the Earth than at other times during its orbit," said Noah Petro, deputy project scientist for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. "When the moon is farthest away it's known as apogee, and when it's closest it's known as perigee. On Sept. 27, we're going to have a perigee full moon--the closest full moon of the year."
At perigee, the moon is about 31,000 miles closer to Earth than at apogee. That distance equates to more than once around the circumference of Earth. Its looming proximity makes the moon appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter in the sky than an apogee full moon, which sparked the term "supermoon."
"There's no physical difference in the moon," Petro said. "It just appears slightly bigger in the sky. It's not dramatic, but it does look larger."
A lunar eclipse typically puts on an even greater show. For more than an hour, Earth's shadow swallows up the moon as the planet comes between the sun and the moon. Lunar eclipses typically occur at least twice a year, and 228 will occur in the 21st century alone. While people such as the Incans and Mesopotamians historically viewed lunar eclipses as random and frightening occurrences, they're actually quite predictable.
Scientists at Goddard have predicted eclipses a thousand years into the future. Petro said it's just a matter of knowing where Earth, the sun and the moon are at a given point in time.
As for the supermoon and a lunar eclipse occurring simultaneously, Petro said, "It's just planetary dynamics. The orbit of the moon around Earth is inclined to the axis of Earth and the orbital plane of all these things just falls into place every once in a while. When the rhythms line up, you might get three to four eclipses in a row or a supermoon and an eclipse happening."
But the proverbial stars only align for this event once every few decades, making this phenomenon much rarer than a supermoon or a lunar eclipse separately. The last supermoon/lunar eclipse combination occurred in 1982 and the next won't happen until 2033. "That's rare because it's something an entire generation may not have seen," said Petro.
Darkness At Full Moon?
Both Thallus and Phlegon indicate that darkness covered the land immediately after Jesus Christ died on the cross. They state that the darkness occurred due to a solar eclipse. But this is not possible since the Jews celebrated the passover, the time of Jesus’ death, during a full moon. Here is Thallus’ comment, “For the Hebrews celebrate the passover on the 14th day according to the moon . . . but an eclipse of the sun takes place only when the moon comes under the sun.” The following explains why a solar eclipse could not have occurred. Even though they were scientifically in error, it is stunning to realize that darkness covered the land when the moon was on the opposite side of the earth – when a solar eclipse was not possible.
If we look for natural events such a solar eclipse to explain the darkness that occurred during the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, we must explain away the existence of the full moon. Our first piece of information is found in John 19:14-16 where we are told that Jesus died on a Friday just before the Passover.
Full Moon Existed When Jesus Died
This is important because the Jews schedule the Passover during a full moon. That is, a full moon occurs when the moon is “behind” the earth. A solar eclipse requires when the moon is between the sun and the earth.
Solar Eclipse Did Not Exist When Jesus Died
A solar eclipse can only occur when the moon passes between the sun and the earth. When this happens, the sun’s rays are blocked from shining on the earth and consequently part of the earth is darkened. Therefore, a solar eclipse cannot occur during a full moon.
Astronomical records show that a solar eclipse did not occur anywhere near the city of Jerusalem during the years of A.D. 30-35. Jesus died on April 1, A.D. 33.
No solar eclipse was possible due to the positions of the sun and moon during the passover. Therefore, the darkness that Thallus and Phlegon refer to cannot be explained by natural causes. It was a supernatural event! Consider the following:
1. Julius Africanus, The Extant Fragments of the Five Books of The Chronography of Julius Africanus.
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