When you were younger, have you ever lain on your back just gazing at the stars, or begged your parents to go out on a spin just to watch the moon follow you? Well, what happened yesterday was nothing compared to these minor solar excitements.
As witnessed by many, the moon wore a blood red coat and presented to us a total lunar eclipse which the solar system had chosen to withhold since December 2011. This phenomenon is known as a tetrad, the first of four consecutive phenomena of this kind this year and next.
If you were sleeping or perhaps munching on an ice cream dessert when the lunar eclipse chose to come to Singapore, fret not! There will be three more spectacular lunar displays to come, on October 8 this year and 4th April and September 28 next year.
For photographers and solar system lovers, it was certainly an eye opener. “It was about an eighth lit up, then about 15 minutes later it started to turn this beautiful red, almost as if Mars or Mercury were very close, close enough for the naked eye to see”, said Robert Aycock of the eclipse over Temecula, California.
Others however, took the blood moon in a different light. As the dates of the appearance of the blood moon fall during religious events like the Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles, many feel that it is a religious sign from God that the world would be coming to an end. ( Acts 2:20 ESV The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day)
The star of the day claimed spots in many of the world’s newspapers, what is your take?