When the Moon Hits Your Eye – part two

17 12 2013

Wow, another beautiful, huge, full moon coming up tonight.  So we know from my last post, “When the Moon Hits Your Eye,” why the moon looks so big sometimes coming up over the horizon due to the “Moon Illusion.”

So why does it look different colors, like in a “Blood Moon?”

 It’s the same reason our sky looks blue.   The Earth’s atmosphere diffracts or scatters light in different wavelengths.  You remember from science how white light is made up of all the colors and how a prism can scatter white light into the visible color spectrum?  Like looking at a rainbow made up of all the colors?  

So when white light hits the Earth’s atmosphere, it is bent so light rays separate into all of the visible light spectrum.  Blue light is the most easily scattered so it normally doesn’t make it through to the moon’s surface.  The red wavelengths more easily pass through the Earth’s atmosphere though.












When the earth is positioned just right, as in  one point of a lunar eclipse, the red light reflects off the moon’s surface giving it that “Blood” red appearance.







So now you know what makes the moon a different color sometimes.  

On a side note, if you study Jewish history or Old Testament Christianity, the question that many are asking in certain religious circles if you haven’t heard, is one of “is there any significance to the  tetrad or series of four “Blood Moons” coming in the next two years, as they all fall on Jewish festivals?”  In the past when this happened there were significant events in Jewish history and of Israel.  Hmmm, interesting.  

After all, the prophet Joel said, “The sun will be turned to darkness  and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.  (Joel 2:31)

The skeptic in me envisions sidewalk prophets with sandwich boards saying “The End is Near!” but Jesus did say there would be signs in the Heavens before that day.  (Matthew 24:29-31)   Jesus said no one will know the exact time of His return, not even Him, only God the Father.  But He also said to watch and be ready.   Just like in pregnancy, there will be birth pains before.

I’m ready.  Are you?   If so, then you have nothing to fear.  If not, consider clicking on this link to find out more why you need a relationship, not religion.   www.needhim.org  




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