A special full moon occurred early in the morning on January 31st, and while people living in the western part of the US had the best view, this image captured by our CBN photographer in Jerusalem is amazing.
Here's some NASA footage of the "Super Blue Blood Moon," streamed as it was taking place Live.
The "Super Blue Blood Moon" is special for three reasons according to NASA:
- First, it's the third in a series of "supermoons" – that's when the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit and is brighter than usual.
- It's also the second full moon of the month which is known as a "blue moon." The moon doesn't actually appear to be blue in color though.
- Finally, the super blue moon passed through Earth's shadow giving it a total lunar eclipse in some areas. While the Moon is in the Earth's shadow it takes on a reddish tint, known as a blood moon.
NASA also offered this great video explanation of the "super blue blood moon":
The West Coast had the best view of totality from start to finish because of where the lunar eclipse occurred because it happened near sunrise as the Moon was about to set in the western sky.
If you missed this Jan. 31 lunar eclipse, you'll have to wait almost another year for the next opportunity in North America.
Image Courtesy: NASA
Several years ago, a rare series of four blood moons sparked intense interest by Christians around the world. At the time, Pastor John Hagee explained to CBN News, "There's a sense in the world that things are changing and God is trying to communicate with us in a supernatural way."
Hagee predicted in 2014, "I believe that in these next two years, we're going to see something dramatic happen in the Middle East involving Israel that will change the course of history in the Middle East and impact the whole world."
Some contend that President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is a key part of that unfolding drama since Trump won the presidency in 2016, two years after Hagee made his prediction to CBN News.
Meanwhile, Rabbi Yosef Berger, the rabbi of King David's Tomb on Mount Zion, told Breaking Israel News the Super Blue Blood Moon is significant in light of those recent world events.
"The Talmud states that Israel is judged by our actions, by our commitment to Hashem (God), and not by astrological signs. In fact, the Talmud states that a lunar eclipse is a bad sign for those who hate Israel," Berger said.