.2015: When last did both New/Full moon in a fort-night cause an Eclipse?

.2015: When last did both New/Full moon in a fort-night cause an Eclipse?

Going through… /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.

And here:

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




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.


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?


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.


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:

    1. Penumbral - The Moon passes through Earth's penumbral shadow. These pale eclipses are faint and hard to see.
    2. Partial - A portion of the Moon passes through Earth's umbral shadow. These are easy to see with the unaided eye.
    3. Total - The entire Moon passes through Earth's umbral shadow. The Moon can turn orange, red or dark brown.

    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.


    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:

    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 to find local eclipse times for your sky

    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.

    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 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.”[1] 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. The Jewish Passover occurs during the full moon.
    2. Full moon occurs when the moon is behind the earth.
    3. This means a supernatural darkness occurred over the earth.
    4. The darkness occurred during Christ’s death.
    5. The universe responded to the Creator’s death.

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