Meteors, blood moons.. what's next?
Is blood moon the correct term to use?
BROWNSVILLE (NEWSCENTER 23) — Many people saw the amazing light show last night, which was describes as a big "fireball" that fell from the sky.
And today we know what it was!
A meteor of a -9 magnitude with a crude estimate of about a foot in diameter fell from the sky last night where people from AZ, NM, and TX got the opportunity to witness, according to William J Cooke from NASA.
To give you a better picture of how big this meteor was, on a Visual magnitude scale or apparent magnitude scale as referred to by some astronomers, the moon is -12.5 magnitude!
Meaning a -9 is pretty huge!
I, however, was stuck inside and missed the entire action.
Tonight on NewsChannel 9 at 5:30 we will show the meteor as it was caught on camera by the NASA meteor camera located at New Mexico State University!
Speaking of the meteors and moons, we will get the unique opportunity to see the lunar eclipse on the 14-15!
If you recall, I had told you about this pink moon a couple of weeks ago. http://www.ktsm.com/weather/weather-talk/prepare-be-amazed
But now a lot of people are using the term "blood moon," so is that the right name to give this lunar exclipse?
I am religious, but don't follow some of these religious prophecies.
In fact, that is exactly what some people are claiming, that the tetrad, or the four consecutive lunar eclipses that we will experience in the next two years, is a biblical prophecy that is about to come true.
I am not an expert in this prophecy, but I will tell you what information I have been able to gather.
Two Christian pastors, Mark Blitz and John Hagee, use the term Blood Moon to apply to the full moons of the upcoming tetrad.
Blitz and Hagee speak of a lunar tetrad as representing a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy. The moon is supposed to turn blood red before the end times, as described in Joel 2:31 (Common English Bible):
The sun will be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood before the great and dreadful day of the LORD comes.
Did you know: There are a total of 8 tetrads in the 21st century (2001 to 2100).
Having that said, the proponents of this Biblical prophecy regard the upcoming tetrad as especially significant because it happens to fall in between two important Jewish holidays: Passover and Tabernacles.
The April 2014 and April 2015 total lunar eclipses align with the feast of Passover, while the October 2014 and September 2015 total lunar eclipses align with the feast of Tabernacles.
I personally think the fact that these 4 lunar eclipses will only be visible in the U.S. is a bit ironic, Israel will only catch a glimpse of the last one in Sept. of 2015.
Here's another cool fact: there were about 8 tetrads that have specifically fell on the Jewish feasts of Passover and Tabernacles in these past 21 centuries and are as follows.
1. 162-163 C.E. (Common Era)
2. 795-796 C.E.
3. 842-843 C.E.
4. 860-861 C.E.
5. 1493-1494 C.E.
6. 1949-1950 C.E.
7. 1967-1968 C.E.
8. 2014-2015 C.E.
You can read more about the blood moon at http://earthsky.org/space/what-is-a-blood-moon-lunar-eclipses-2014-2015#prophecy
Besides the Pink moon coming up, there is also another fun astronomical event you want to look out for!
The Lyrids Meteor Shower is coming up on April 22-23.
The Lyrids is an average shower, usually producing about 20 meteors per hour at its peak.
It is produced by dust particles left behind by a comet that was discovered in 1861.
The shower runs annually from April 16-25.
This April 22nd -23rd, the shower peaks the night of the 22nd and morning of the 23rd.
These meteors can sometimes produce bright dust trails that last for several seconds.
Unfortunately, the second quarter moon will be a slight problem this year, blocking the less bright meteors from view.
Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight.
Meteors will radiate from the constellation Lyra, but can appear anywhere in the sky!