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    Internet users around the globe are eagerly awaiting the blood moon, wiping the dust off their brooms and preparing to ride above their towns.

    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.

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    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.

    For some, the blood moon is a perfect time for all kinds of sorcery and magic covens, black cats and other familiars included.

    There'll always be skeptics rolling their eyes amid the hype, though.


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