The Amazing Reason that “Blood Moons” Are Red-Orange Color

Why are “blood moons” like we had tonight red-orange in color?

Because – during a total lunar eclipse – the Earth is between the sun and the moon, and so it blocks most of the sunlight from hitting the moon.

What light can reach the moon is sunlight which squeezes or bends around the Earth’s atmosphere and travels on to the moon.

Which light is that?

It’s the same exact light which causes sunsets and sunrises on Earth … the long wavelengths bending around the Earth.  So – literally – the blood moon is red-orange because it is illuminated by thousands of sunsets and sunrises on Earth. notes:

The sun is not a point source of light [it’s a ball], so its light leaks around the edge of the Earth, and results in an unsharp shadow. In passing through the Earth’s atmosphere, the light turns red or orange, so that the light that actually reaches the moon is tinted by thousands of sunsets and sunrises all around the periphery of the Earth.

One result of these multiple sunrises and sunsets is that the moon during an eclipse is often tinted red, which is the origin of the idea of a lunar eclipse being a “Blood Moon.”

LiveScience reports:

During an eclipse, the moon may turn a red or coppery color as it reflects sunrises and sunsets happening around the world. While the moon is in shadow, some light from the sun shines through Earth’s atmosphere. Red light (unlike other colors that are blocked and scattered) is better able to penetrate the atmosphere, which creates this “bloody” effect.

And the Christian Science Monitors points out:

At the height of the eclipse — during what’s called “totality” — the moon won’t disappear. Rather, sunlight will bend through Earth’s atmosphere, with only the red light making it to the moon and reflecting back to us. (The shorter-wavelength blue light gets absorbed by Earth’s atmosphere, which is why on any given evening, a sunset can be red.)

In effect, all the world’s sunrises and sunsets are casting their glow on the moon.

“Picture it from the point of view of an astronaut standing on the moon,” said Alan MacRobert of Sky & Telescope magazine. “They would see the dark Earth in the sky thinly ringed with brilliant orange from the sun hidden behind it. The ring is bright enough to illuminate the lunar landscape an eerie red.”

So rather than being a portent of doom – as some people used to believe – a blood moon is really a projection of the beauty of Earth’s sunsets and sunrises onto the temporarily dark screen of the eclipsed moon.

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  • David_Jodrey_PhD

    For the beauty of the earth,
    For the beauty of the skies,
    For the love with from our birth
    Over and around us lies,
    Source of all, to thee we raise
    This our hymn of grateful praise.

    [Unitarian edit of a verse by Folliott S. Pierpoint (1835-1917)]

    • Bible verses related to The Red Moon from the *King James Version* (KJV) by Relevance

      Acts 2:20 – The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:

      Revelation 6:12-14 – And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; (Read More…)

      Joel 2:31 – The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.

      Matthew 24:29 – Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.

      Revelation 7:1-17 – And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.

      Romans 10:9 – That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

      Revelation 1:1-20 – The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified [it] by his angel unto his servant John.

      Joel 2:30 – And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.

      1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 – For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.

      Revelation 3:10 – Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

      1 Peter 5:8 – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

      John 14:1-31 – Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

      Revelation 12:1-17 – And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.

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  • Brockland A.T.

    While y’all are navel gazing at the sky, under the light of the Blood Moon, Chinese forces have returned to the Mediterranean.

    Specifically, Syria.

    The Chinese have a flaire for the dramatic. The last time they were in the Mediterranean, was to evacuate Chinese citizens from Libya after the NATO sponsored coup ingnominiously ran them out of the country and China’s Libyan oil investments.

    Their prescence was squeaked out by Infowars on Sept. 5, 2015.

    The Times of Israel followed up with a report on Sept. 19, 2015.

    The Chinese are concerned that DAESH Uighur terrorists from Xianjin are setting up a base in Jisr-al Shagour, Syria. Even more concerned after the bombing in Bangok, Thailand, was found to be connected with Islamic terrorists associated with NATO’s Turkey.

    RT appears to confirm the Chinese presence.

    Rumours of force composition range from a lone amphibious warship to the Lionyang herself with an accompanying frigate. Either way, China is clearly giving Russia a little more than just moral support for Putins efforts to stabilize Syria.

    Just thought the curious silence over a significant current event should be addressed. After all, some nutty people associate Armageddon with blood moon events.

  • Robert Barsocchini

    Very cool.