Blood moons have a dark and sinister history. Here is why

(Gary Hershorn)

The signs. Portents. Signs. There is something primal about the Moon. Even in this enlightened age, the glow may give a mystical experience. No wonder so much mythology surrounds.

It is just a rock in the sky.

And many of the tricks of the light playing over his face as he joins the Sun and the Earth at their dance in the cosmos.

We understand everything about it down to the millimeter and millisecond.

That is how we know that this Saturday the longest ‘blood moon’ of the century. Because it is at a far point in its orbit, the process takes about six hours and 14 minutes.

It will be completely in the shade for 1 hour and 43 minutes.

The moon will start getting red around 4:30 am AEST Saturday morning. The moon close to the horizon in the west-south-west. The total solar eclipse will take place between 5:30 and 6:30 pm. It will then at 6:55am.

This established timepiece of stages, colors, and alignments still evokes a strong sense of mystery.

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