Those desiring to see something akin to all the sunrises and all the sunsets in the world at the same time need to arise early Tuesday morning (April 15th) to view a total lunar eclipse that will turn the full moon red.
This total lunar eclipse will be the first in a series of four appearing every six months, a phenomenon called a "tetrad" – something not particularly rare for this century, according to NASA eclipse expert Fred Espenak.
While a total lunar eclipse is an interesting sight for those who like to stargaze, there are others who believe the oncoming blood moon and tetrad bring something else – tidings of doom. According to CTV, "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 occurred when the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004.
The biggest proponent for any conspiracy concerning the upcoming blood moons may very well be Pastor John Hagee, who released a book titled "Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change in 2013." With all four blood moons being viewable from the United States, Hagee claims that "the four blood moons that will soon appear in the skies over America are evidence of a future 'world-shaking event.'"
The color of the blood moon is caused by the light from sunsets and sunrises glinting off the surface of the Earth. As sun light bends around outer edges of the planet, the light shines into the Earth’s shadow, transforming the Moon into a rust-colored orb. It is similar to that which occurs when the sun turns the clouds red or pink during a sunrise or sunset.
This phenomenon will be visible across the Western Hemisphere from approximately 3 a.m. ET to 4:24 a.m. when the moon will be eclipsed by the Earth’s shadow for the first time this year. Three more total eclipses are expected at six-month intervals: the second on October 8, 2014; the third on April 4, 2015; and the fourth on September 28, 2015.
After the final blood moon rises in September 2015, the next tetrad is predicted to begin on April 25, 2032.