In a thrilling astronomical phenomenon, the longest lunar eclipse of this century will coincide with Mars' closest approach to the Earth in 15 years. Unfortunately for residents of the US, Canada and Mexico, the "blood moon", so-called because of the reddish tinge the moon features when fully eclipsed, won't be visible in North America. However, it will light up the sky in Asia, Africa, Australia, and parts of Europe and South America. The total phase of the "blood moon" eclipse will last 1 hour and 43 minutes.
The full moon turning red is associated with a handful of superstitions. There's a popular belief, for instance, that the eclipse has a spiritual meaning as it boosts people's sensitivity and feelings. Others believe that it empowers werewolves and similar esoteric creatures around the world.
Many ancient cultures associate the "blood moon" with evil. The Inca people believed that the deep red color was caused by a jaguar attacking and eating the satellite. Many people in India cover food and water and perform cleansing rituals, as they say a lunar eclipse brings bad luck.
The natural phenomenon prompted scaremongers to remind us that judgement day is coming soon.
As we await the Blood Moon eclipse, some warm that the end of the world is near. Here is a medieval reminder of the signs of the Apocalypse— Damien Kempf (@DamienKempf) 27 июля 2018 г.
[Bodleian Douce 134, 16th c.] pic.twitter.com/9zEO5i39qo
Ready for ascension. No more fighting myself.— Crypto_ZenLife (@CZenlife) 27 июля 2018 г.
Just the right setting for a zombie apocalypse.— Chevalier Délaissé (@baronhawk) 27 июля 2018 г.
Trump becomes President and starts doing a really good Anti-Christ routine.— z1ppeRESISTS (@z1pperintheback) 24 июля 2018 г.
Then we find a mystery we-don’t-know-what’s-likely-to-burst-forth-from-it sarcophagus buried in Egypt.
We all gonna die apparently after the blood moon the bible people have said lol— TonyPS4🏴🦁🦁🦁 (@TonyDJ09) 25 июля 2018 г.
For some, the blood moon is a perfect time for all kinds of sorcery and magic covens, black cats and other familiars included.
Tomorrow night there's a lunar eclipse causing a blood moon lasting 53mins. Ample time to synch our periods, hex the patriarchy and maybe cast a rain spell. The coven meets at 9, bring familiars.— Becca Harrison (@BeccaEHarrison) 26 июля 2018 г.
Anybody doing anything special for the #BloodMoon tonight? I feel like I want to find high ground to fully experience it and perform a little ritual of some sort.#ForteanFriday #FolkloreThursday #witchytipoftheday #witchcraft #WitchLit pic.twitter.com/ikCnJBD1q8— WitchyWooStudio (@woo_witchy) 27 июля 2018 г.
In Romania it was believed a #BloodMoon was caused by wolf-demon vampires known as Varcolaci. While in a deep sleep these demons sent out their spirits to attach to threads that were being spun at midnight, & climbed up to eat the moon & cover it with blood. #FolkloreThursday pic.twitter.com/oDTHLe60AA— Maude Frome (@frome_maude) 26 июля 2018 г.
There'll always be skeptics rolling their eyes amid the hype, though.
What's the nuts going to claim this time. Last time end of the world, why not lower taxes,,, LOL— Calvin Brown (@calvinfbrown) 27 июля 2018 г.
I’m really looking forward to seeing all the poor quality iPhone pics of the blood moon on Facebook from 5:30am tomorrow.— Bridge Muir (@BridgeMuir) 27 июля 2018 г.
Unfortunately, I fear there will be a fair amount of cussing at clouds.
I’m off to find a reddish coloured potato that I can photograph. #bloodmoon #moon pic.twitter.com/pO0lUhZ7nW