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Full lunar eclipse brings blood moon: Biblical apocalypse, start of end of days?

Lunar eclipse and the blood moon, there are two astronomical events going on in the heavens tonight and while some say it is the signal that starts the apocalypse others say it is just a rare sight to see. It is the total lunar eclipse that will reveal the blood moon in the night sky tonight opening up theories of all sorts.

The full lunar eclipse brings the Blood Moon and possibly the start of end of days?
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According to Fox News on April 14, this is the first lunar eclipse of 2014 and it will be visible across most of North America and South America. Hawaii and parts of Alaska should also be able to see the night extravaganza. Your ticket to a front row seat is going to depend upon the weather you are experiencing overhead.

The lunar eclipse runs from 12:53 a.m. ET to about 6 a.m. ET, so if you are late to bed or early to rise, check out the sky above, according to Mass Live. Clear skies will bring the blood moon for your viewing pleasure. So what do you expect to see during a lunar eclipse? The full moon passes through part of the Earth’s shadow, which darkens the moon’s glow. A full lunar eclipse is a bit different. It brings with it a color show!

When it is a full lunar eclipse, like tonight, a blood moon appears as the moon is totally covered by the Earth’s shadow enticing that red hue. This happens as the Earth’s atmosphere catches the little bit of sunlight that breaks through. You can watch the full lunar eclipse and the blood moon online here at NOAA.

Tonight’s blood moon is the first of four over the next year and a half. The next blood moon coming from another full lunar eclipse will take place in November. Then again in April of 2015, with September 2015 hosting the last of the four blood moons and the last of the four full lunar eclipses, as the two go hand and hand.

Is the full lunar eclipse and the blood moon the start of end of days? If you believe what bestselling author and Texas televangelist pastor John Hagee has to say, you might think so. Hagee sees the four blood moons as evidence of a future "world-shaking event," possibly the beginning of the end of the world.

He wrote a book on his preparation for the tetrad of the blood moons, which he has been preaching for years. He has looked to the Bible for the signs and he cites Acts 2:19-20 as a sign. It says:

"And I will show wonders in Heaven above and signs in the Earth beneath, the sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord."

The good news if you believe Hagee’s theory is that you still have three blood moons to live through. While the first blood moon might start shaking things up, like the earthquakes that seem plentiful in recent weeks, the world should be here for at least another year!

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