A blood moon is supposed to be one of the signs of end times I believe, at least biblically.
Revelation 6:12 - I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and
the moon became like blood.
The amount of pollutants in the air would greatly affect the colouring - the above passage was thought to refer to pollutants from a volcanic eruption
causing the moon to appear red during an eclipse.
I am in Eastern Australia, so I never saw it, but the pics I have seen online are all awesomely red. Apparently we will see a total lunar eclipse here
on August 28th. Nasa Eclipses Site
Red is a common colour for the moon to appear during a lunar eclipse. Unfortunately, it was too cloudy for me to see it last night, however, I
remember seeing one a few years back, 2003 maybe, and the moon did indeed appear, a deep shade of red.
The moon goes red because the only light reaching the moon from our sun has to pass through much more of our atmosphere than usual and therefore other
colours are caught up. The main light on the visible light spectrum which passes through the atmosphere is red you see which is why the moon appeared
This also explains why the moon sometimes appers red when its low in the sky and why the sun is red when it is setting.
Theres the science. I think it looks cool I'm in england and the moon didn't apper that red just like a reddy brown.
To clarify my earlier post;
I included the bible reference not because I think that the world is going to end any time soon but because the OP said that the event was "eerie and
unsettling". Whether you believe in prophecy or not, those references usually become seated into our subconsciousness when we are raised in Christian
Not everyone who mentions biblical prophecy is a bible thumper/ flat earther/ 'the end is nigh' type of person.
As to the colour -- I have never personally witnessed a lunar eclipse as red as the one pictured, round here a lunar eclipse is more like a muddy
Whilst the amount of atmosphere and the position of the moon are often responsible for the colouring, so are air borne pollutants.
After a volcanic eruption the moon and sun often appear quite different. I was trying to explain why the eclipse may have appeared to be more red
according to the viewers location.
Then again it could simply be because of the camera settings, lack of light during exposure or some other photographic error.
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