The tetrad - four consecutive and complete lunar eclipses at
that will all be visible over the United States this year and
next, says NASA lunar eclipse expert Fred Espenak.
John Hagee sees the four blood moons as evidence of a future
"world-shaking event" that begins to fulfill End Times
prophecy. The controversial 73-year-old founder of Texas' Cornerstone
Church says he has been preparing for this tetrad for years.
The preparation includes a book - Blood Moons: Something is
About to Change
He cites Acts 2:19-20 as a sign: "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."
Hagee describes the Blood Moons, saying, "I believe that
the heavens are God's billboard, that He has been sending signals
to planet Earth, and we just haven't been picking them up."
Hagee adds: "God is literally screaming at the world:
'I'm coming soon.'"
Evangelicals agree that many End Times events -- particularly
as related to Israel -- are happening now. Hagee sees the tetrad
as particularly meaningful for Israel, says previous tetrads,
in 1492, 1948 and 1967, coincided with such events as the expulsion
of Jews from Spain at the end of the Inquisition, statehood
for Israel, and the Six-Day War.
NASA's Espenak does not consider tetrads as particularly rare,
noting in a statement that there are nine sets of tetrads during
the 21st century. He notes that there have been periods with
no tetrads, notably from 1600 to 1900. (a
"The most unique thing about the 2014-2015 tetrad is that
all of them are visible for all or parts of the USA," Espenak
said in a prepared statement.
The full eclipse is known as a "blood moon" because,
NASA explains, the sunset red glow that rings the Earth as it
blocks the light from the sun is cast upon the moon. The first
one in this tetrad begins at 2 a.m. ET Tuesday. The other dates
are Oct. 8, April 4, 2015, and Sept. 28, 2015.
Lunar Eclipse Tetrads (NASA)
The lunar eclipses of 2014 are the first of four consecutive
total lunar eclipses - a series known as a tetrad. During the
5000-year period from -1999 to +3000, there are 4378 penumbral
eclipses (36.3%), 4207 partial lunar eclipses (34.9%) and 3479
total lunar eclipses (28.8%). Approximately 16.3% (568) of all
total eclipses belong to one of the 142 tetrads occurring over
this period (Espenak and Meeus, 2009). The mechanism causing
tetrads involves the eccentricity of Earth's orbit in conjunction
with the timing of eclipse seasons (Meeus, 2004). During the
present millennium, the first eclipse of every tetrad occurs
sometime from February to July. In later millennia, the first
eclipse date gradually falls later in the year because of precession.
Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli first pointed out that
the frequency of tetrads is variable over time. He noticed that
tetrads were relatively plentiful during one 300-year interval,
while none occurred during the next 300 years. For example,
there are no tetrads from 1582 to 1908, but 17 tetrads occur
during the following 2 and 1/2 centuries from 1909 to 2156.
The ~565-year period of the tetrad "seasons" is tied
to the slowly decreasing eccentricity of Earth's orbit. Consequently,
the tetrad period is gradually decreasing (Meeus, 2004). In
the distant future when Earth's eccentricity is 0, tetrads will
no longer be possible. (500 years ~bthe
time to the coming of Maitreya and the 12th planet.)
The umbral magnitudes of the total eclipses making up a tetrad
are all relatively small. For the 300-year period 1901 to 2200,
the largest umbral magnitude of a tetrad eclipse is 1.4251 on
1949 Apr 13. For comparison, some other total eclipses during
this period are much deeper. Two examples are the total eclipses
of 2000 Jul 16 and 2029 Jun 26 with umbral magnitudes of 1.7684
and 1.8436, respectively.
Table 6 gives the dates of each eclipse in the 8 tetrads occurring
during the 21st century. The tetrad prior to 2014-15 was in
2003-04 while the next group is nearly 20 years later in 2032-33.
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