Imagine my surprise when I woke up in the wee hours of the morning to water the cactus, looked up, and discovered a total lunar eclipse was in progress. I had not expected it. (It’s “pledge week” on my favorite public radio station, and in avoiding it, I had missed the forewarning that surely had accompanied the coming event.)
There’s a lot I have missed. This lunar eclipse is the second of four consecutive total lunar eclipses with six full moons in between, by some called a “tetrad.” The dates of the current tetrad are April 15, 2014 (which I had previously witnessed), October 8, 2014 (this morning’s), April 4, 2015, and September 28, 2015. It is one of eight tetrads which will occur during the 21st century.
Bible-thumping pastors John Hagee and Mark Blitz have popularized the idea that the blood moons signify an impending apocalypse they call the “end times.” Their idea was born out of a verse from the Book of Joel: “the sun will turn into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes.”
I’m not denying that the end of the world may come in the next 85 years, but it will likely be precipitated by mankind rather than the deity. Last week the World Wildlife Fund issued a report stating that human activity since 1970 is responsible for a 52% reduction in the populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.
This already qualifies as the end of the world as we have known it.
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