While a total lunar eclipse is an interesting sight for stargazing hobbyists, for others the oncoming blood moon and tetrad brings something else – tidings of doom.
CTV News writes that "conspiracy websites draw parallels between lunar eclipses and historical events, like the fall of Constantinople and the founding of the State of Israel," and that the last blood moon outside this current tetrad occurred when the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004. So hey, maybe they'll have a shot this year.
But perhaps the biggest proponent for any conspiracy concerning the upcoming blood moons is Pastor John Hagee, who released a book titled Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change in 2013. (ViaThe Christian Broadcasting Network)
In a 2013 interview with Fox News, Hagee emphasized the significance that each blood moon will occur during a Jewish holiday.
"To have a blood moon, and then for those blood moons to be on this exact date, is something that just is beyond coincidental."
And with all four blood moons being viewable from the U.S., Hagee claims that as further proof they are signs of our impending doom. Right.
As Think Progress notes, Hagee has caused some controversy before when in 2008 he suggested a connection between God's wrath towards a gay pride rally planned for New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina.
The last of the four blood moons in this tetrad will be viewable later this year on Sept. 28.
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