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By Malcolm Armsteen
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Doom-mongers warn that it means the end of the world. What's certain is that tonight's BLOOD MOON is a once in a lifetime event (and last night we had a spectacular preview of what's to come)

So we've already started with a once-in-a-lifetime event that happened twice... and of course happens at irregular intervals throughout they year. Written by John Naish
John Naish is a British health journalist, currently writing for The Times.

He is a t'ai chi–practicing vegetarian and does not own a mobile phone. He lives in Brighton.
An example of his ouevre: ... ttack.html
Either the end of the world is nigh, or we are in for an amazing double celestial treat on Friday night with the longest total eclipse of the moon that will occur this century. Not only will the Earth block out the Sun's direct rays, turning the Moon into a blood-red orb, it will be accompanied by the vivid sight of Mars, the Red Planet, shining incredibly bright as it comes closer to us than it will do for the next 270 years. The moon is already coloured by the Earth only letting read and yellow light through its atmosphere (bottom right), but Friday night will have the full effect of a brilliant red (earlier example bottom left) before gradually fading to its usual colour over the weekend.
Only letting read (sic) and yellow light through... well, actually no, as noted in the comments. Atmospheric dust and contamination filters out longer wavelengths, leaving the red to dominate. No attempt to explain why this is, and why ots different tonight (otherwise we'd have 'blood moons' every night) Science 1 : Mail 0.

Bringing Mars into the equation - just no. That's a coincident event, the two aren't linked. Science 2 : Mail 0.
Blood moon has already begun as Mars moves opposite its orbit, but will reach its climax on Friday
. Utterly meaningless. What does 'opposite its orbit' mean?
Science 3 : Mail 0.

The U.S. TV evangelist Paul Begley, alongside scores of others, believes the simultaneous appearance of a red moon and red planet mark the realisation of prophesies made in the Bible
. Who? What scores of people? Name them! And what does religion have to do with it? Science 4 : Mail 0.
throughout history astrologers have feared the shining red hues of Mars as an evil harbinger of bloody conflict.
Quoting astrologers, eh? Science 5 : Mail 0
Mars is also the reason even today Spanish people consider Tuesday the 13th of any month the unluckiest day possible.

The number 13 is widely thought to be unlucky, but Tuesday has a peculiar planetary hex on Spaniards with one proverb warning: 'On Tuesday, don't get married, embark on a journey, or move away.'

That's because Spanish legend has it that Tuesdays are dominated by Mars, the Roman god of war. The Spanish word for Tuesday, Martes, even derives from the name Mars.
I have no words... Science 6 : Mail 0
Most of the light with shorter wavelengths — blue, violet and green — is scattered away by the atmosphere leaving only lights of longer wavelength — the red, orange, and yellow colours — to dimly illuminate the moon.

This process also causes the reds and yellows at sunrise and sunset.
At last! A sensible explanation! Science 6 : Mail 1

It then (right at the end) does a bit of fairly accurate science, but the gammon won't be reading that far.

How about the comments? Most are deriding the article for its idiocy, but the usual suspects are also out.

classicat, Portsmouth, United Kingdom, 28 minutes ago

Donnylad, Doncaster, United Kingdom, 36 minutes ago

"How the moon turns such a terrifying shade....." DM. The only people who are scared of this are people that regard fire as modern technology.
General Disarray, Boom Town Wish You Were Here, United Kingdom, 39 minutes ago

No human knows the time of the end. Repent, and redeem the time, whilst waiting for your maker to return..
WorldWearyCynic, gers, France, 40 minutes ago

Once in a lifetime - I thought there was one in January.

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Brum and proud, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 6 minutes ago

Yeah that's the average life time in London with current murder rates
Not sure what medicine has got to do with it:
red73, Northants, United Kingdom, 1 hour ago

Thing is...when the bible and all these prophesies were around they blamed things on all sorts as they didn't have the medical knowledge to understand .
justme, bristol, 1 hour ago

hmm worryingly is mentioned the trump of god could this mean he will be assassinated has anyone thought of that scenario. That could bring on a war. But also is this blood moon got something to do with this heat all over the world. It's seems to me that if the moon changes the tides it could influence weather streams. Any thoughts on either of these
Missing the point...
alnero2, Southampton, United Kingdom, 2 hours ago

These ' blood moons ' seem to be quite common now.

skyguy, Wallasey, United Kingdom, 2 hours ago

Almost every lunar eclipse produces a red colour, but not all. It depends on the amount of dust and clouds in the Earth's atmosphere refracting the sunlight. There are two lunar eclipses every year and the chances are they will be red.
Despite the warnings coming from Christians:
tzeddie, Norf of the border., United Kingdom, 2 hours ago

Only ill educated r@g he@ds believe this signifies the end of the world.
royalistnewcomer, cookooland, United Kingdom, 2 hours ago

we need to look after our planet this means looking after our bees and insects and picking up our rubbish from the beach and driving a cleaner car.
There's always one:
Sparkle, derby, United Kingdom, 2 hours ago

The blood moon heralds a beautiful Brexit no deal. Then watch the unelected EU cronies squirm.
Eh? again
Priveleged Tarquin, Brighton, United Kingdom, 2 hours ago

'The trump of god shall sound in the heavens' True factual proof that evil shall reign.
Fuckwit writes:
Citizen X, Winchester, United Kingdom, 3 minutes ago

We are warned daily, Brexit will be the end of the world. Arch doom monger James O'Brien finds it "really scary".
By Kreuzberger
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And why the worldwide fuss this time round? Perhaps it is because of the length of the eclipse although I remember a lengthy one from either two or three summers ago (I can't find the images which will have been timestamped.)

And yes, I remember we called it a Jägermond / hunters' moon.

Anyway, it should be rather pretty.
By Malcolm Armsteen
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Compare with this explanation from the trendy, lefty, tree-hugging Guardian:
What is a blood moon?
A “blood moon” is a name given to the moon during a lunar eclipse. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth passes between the sun and the moon, casting the moon into shadow.

Unlike with a solar eclipse, when the moon passes between the Earth and sun, blocking the sun’s light, the moon is not “turned dark” during an eclipse, but instead appears to turn red.

“If the Earth was a big smooth ball with no atmosphere that would be the end of the subject, it would just go dark, like with a new moon,” said Chris Tinney, professor in the physics department at the University of New South Wales. “But because there is light scattered through the atmosphere of the Earth, some of the sun’s light gets bounced around the edge of the Earth to hit the moon.”

Because blue and violet wavelengths are scattered more than red and orange ones, more of the red wavelengths reach the moon, making the moon appear red.
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By Big Arnold
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Secrets of the Great Pyramid of Giza continue to unravel as scientists discover it can focus electromagnetic energy through its hidden chambers
While the 481-foot pyramid built thousands of years ago for Pharaoh Khufu has long drawn intrigue for its purported mythical qualities, the study is among a growing body of research attempting to finally get to the bottom of its physical properties

We as scientists were interested in them as well, so we decided to look at the Great Pyramid as a particle dissipating radio waves resonantly.’
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By SoulBoy
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Whose bright idea was that? EU will ban halogen bulbs at the end of the month - after encouraging us to buy them - making lighting our homes TWICE as expensive ... nsive.html
Now, they're banning halogen bulbs and doubling the cost of lighting a home
You buy a lamp and then the electricity is free?

And this is just bollocks
Families were encouraged to switch to alternatives, specifically halogens, which were promoted as green, but these will become obsolete with the adoption of the LED lights commonly used in offices, shops and lamp posts.
Halogen lamps are not the same as CFLs.
By Big Arnold
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Buying new bulbs for the 34 lights found in a typical home would cost £68 if they were halogen, but doing the same with the LED versions is likely to be closer to £150.

34? My two bedroom house had about 12. Plus fluorescent tubes in the kitchen and bathroom. And does anyone replace all bulbs with modern LEDs in on go? I had a mixture of LEDs and CFL, and even a 100w incandescent bulb in the garage (only used by meter readers).
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