Total Lunar Eclipse in Tomorrow’s Wee Small Hours, plus Blood Moon Prophecy

(Or: some time after midnight tonight, depending on your time zone)

Here is NASA’s version of the event and coming events: this iteration of a lunar eclipse tetrad.

“…you’re seeing every sunrise and sunset in the world; all of them, all at once.”


Now ordinarily I believe it’s bad form to mock a particular religion or sect, and I hope no believers reading this take offense.  But in this case, it’s hard not to share this other view of the coming total eclipse ‘Blood Moon’ tetrads for several reasons. First, I’ve long been bigoted about Pastor John Hagee’s brand of eschatology. Second, I am not a fan of mixing religion with politics (yes, get in line, get over it…); and third, his proclaimed ‘research’ makes a mockery of science, not simply the fact that he believes God is using these celestial events specifically as communication devices to wake us to the message Hagee and his ilk want us to ‘prepare for’.

Pastor (say it with reverb) Hagee, of course, is the President and founder of Christians United for Israel, Inc. (CUFI), a San Antonio-based group that used to urge a Jewish/Christian alliance in support of Israel as per some Biblical passages that they interpreted as ‘Once Israel stands alone (and I don’t quite remember what that meant to them in the past), Christ would return (dispensationalism) . Wikipedia says that at least one member has tweaked that reasoning recently, and that they are keen ‘supporters of Israel’ (including financially) extremely anti-Hamas and anti-Iranian, and have a strong lobbying arm. But you can read their history there, or look into their website. They claim to have 1.6 million members including chapters and ‘presences’ on some 250 college campuses; you can purchase meaningful gifts there to support both Israel and CUFI. Now none of this is news in itself, but is a little bit of background for the following video. You may be hearing allusions to some of this in the near future if you have Christianist relatives or coworkers, as I do.

The video contains some interesting ‘Messianic Blood Moons Tetrads’ footage morphed with an interview with ‘the chief religion correspondent’ at Fox News, which might be the fourth reason for my er…mockery: she is too credulous for comfort.

But as far as my bigotry goes, guilty as charged; this is the only bumper sticker I ever put on my car:


(…although I might have done so with the one a funny and curmudgeonly client said he almost bought me: NUKE THE WHALES)

NASA will livestream the event courtesy of Marshall Space Flight Center. The feed will feature a variety of lunar eclipse views from telescopes around the United States. The chat module will go live on this page at approximately 12:45 a.m. EDT. Convert to your local time here.

And because I can…I’d like to wish you all a Starry Night.

NYC - MoMA: Vincent van Gogh's The Starry Night

(flickr, creative commons)

(cross-posted at

9 responses to “Total Lunar Eclipse in Tomorrow’s Wee Small Hours, plus Blood Moon Prophecy

  1. zounds, thank you for bringing the great and historically relevant photos. wondered about seamus murphy, and there’s an hour + video interview with him on youtube. he explains why ‘darkness visible’ in the first ten or fifteen minutes, which is all i watched after the trailer.

    i should make a new Open Menu today, too. did you see the eclipse? are you back in winnipeg?

  2. hi

    I happened to wake up at 3 a.m. and saw the eclipse, and didn’t get that much from it. I saw a total solar eclipse in the sixties, it was quite a bit spookier. darkness in mid day with no clouds.

    We have better moons in the fall, harvest moons, where the moon hangs in the sky near the horizon, huge, and goes very red.

    There are advantages to living somewhere without mountains and hills.

    back, had a good time. Always interesting to see new places in North America. I like travelling by car in North America much more than leaving the continent. I like driving through the USA, although I afraid everyone has a gun on them. So I try to keep quiet.

    Found a fantastic used book store in Omaha.

    met a kid working at a burger king in Northern Nebraksa, that had a hell of an accent. Super polite kid. coffee was a dollar and six cents. You can not get a coffee here for under a dollar forty five.

    There is outstanding bird watching in Nebraska, North and South Dakota. Platte river Nebraska (did not go) is a migration centre for hundreds of thousands of sand hill cranes.

    The few black people I spoke to in Omaha were extremely unfriendly, other than the young lady in the motel. Don’t know if they were surprised I talked to them, or if they just don’t like white people.

    Gave a tip to the young lady that cleaned the room, she looked like she was going to cry.

    There are a lot of beautiful pictures of Afghanistan on the internet. I was reminded that at one time it was very safe, I know a woman who went there in the sixties,, solo, to work in Kabul, and had no problems of any kind. She really liked it there, found the people were extremely friendly and hospitable.

    She met Sir Wilfred Thesiger there.

    open thread yeah…

  3. agreed, solar eclipses are spookier (imagine living when nothing was known about the solar system!). might be some of the first prompts to create religions and creation stories…

    yes, harvest moons and eclipses closer to the horizons (even over the mountains) are far more breath-taking.

    and yes, i knew travelers to afghanistan back in the day, but i admit they often went for the hashish, in particular. stayed for the good experiences they had.

    “Gave a tip to the young lady that cleaned the room, she looked like she was going to cry.” bless you, and bless her. and if they didn’t like white people, i reckon they learned their mistrust wholesale. my sister in georgia was proud of the fact that when she once got a flat tire during a heavy downpour on a highway far from home, when a black motorist stopped to help…she never even rolled down the window. (hard to have such a bigot for a sister; loathes gays, as well. and thrift stores, lol.)

  4. i went out to watch this. At midnight the sky was full and clear. Beautiful full moon. At 2 am I went out again. Clouds obscured everything. LOL I MISSED IT!!!!!!!! FYI I am an amateur astronomer. I am pretty bummed I missed it.

  5. Giant rocks, giant shadows in space; back to y’all !

  6. to michael cavlan: ‘amateur’ all right, lol! you can watch the past even on youtube; there are even some time-lapse versions. :)

    to bruce: big stone circling the third stone from the fiery and flaring sun-stone.

  7. That lonely ‘face’ on mars says It ALL; we’ve No WHERE ELSE To go, so we had better make peace and the best of it on our only equable pebble upon the face of the deep.

  8. i read some insane piece of ian welsh’s about the advisability of colonizing another big rock. oh, yes, the elites onboard would not import the same bullshit capitalistic model.

    fun tune; thanks.

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