The so-called “blood moon” of 2015 has brought such attention online that Google Trends reports that the term “Blood Moon” received more than 200,000 searches on April 3. Related searches such as “lunar eclipse,” “blood moon 2015,” “lunar eclipse 2015,” and “eclipse” also poured into Google. Publications such as Time offered live and streaming video of the total lunar eclipse that explained the whole event to viewers.
For those who missed the event of the moon seemingly turning to a blood red color, Twitter is full of bloody moon photos that show just how gorgeous and stunning the eclipse appeared on Saturday morning. Tweets about the event reveal viewers’ reactions to the eclipse, with folks describing how the red-hued moon surprised them upon leaving the movies or after walking out of other establishments. Others have used the blood moon to point to a warning about the world ending, citing a portion of the Bible that speaks of the moon turning to blood prior to the coming of the Lord.
As reported by the Inquisitr, the lunar eclipse was the shortest one of the century, and one of four blood moons that some Christians believe may signal the end of the world. The entire event began at 6:16 a.m. ET, when the lunar object entered the shadow of the world and eclipsed the Earth for only five minutes — which began at approximately 7:58 a.m., as reported by NASA.
Not every portion of America received a wonderful view of the blood moon. Those living in parts of the United States that fall to the west of the Mississippi river had the best visas, with views not blocked by the sun rising. Residents of other countries couldn’t see the eclipse at all, with individuals in places like Europe, Iceland, the Middle East, Greenland, and Africa unable to witness the blood moon in any form, except online via photos and videos. The SLOOH Community Observatory is a resource that people who missed the blood moon can use in order to view coverage about the event hours afterward and understand the scientific event.
Previous blood moon events occurred in 2014, with the first happening in April, and the second occurring in September of last year. With Saturday’s blood moon occurring on April 4, it marked the third lunar eclipse in the series of four expected blood moons. The fourth blood moon is expected to occur on September 28, 2015.
[Image of blood moon via Twitter]