NEW YORK (PIX11) — You probably didn’t notice it but Mars, the Earth and the sun all aligned Tuesday night.
The rare event, called the opposition of Mars, took place a week before sky watchers on Earth will be treated to the first of four consecutive lunar eclipses – the first occurring on April 14.
What’s so special about this? These astronomical events will bring four so-called “Blood Red Moons,” something astrologers call momentous.
The four red moons, according to Christian extremists, are a foreshadowing of the “end of days” and the second coming of Christ.
“The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the lord comes,” [Joel 2:31] reads a passage from the King James bible.
Planet alignments, lunar eclipses, biblical passages – they’re all elements linked to apocalyptic events that we have all heard before.
But in this case, the accompanied four “blood red” moons – which will start next Tuesday and end in September of 2015, has only occurred three times in the past 500 years.
According to historians, each time it happened it coincided with a globally significant religious event.
It was in 1493 during the expulsion of Jews by the Spanish Inquisition where the first occurred. The second occurred simultaneously with the establishment of the state of Israel in 1949, while the third happened less than 20 years later in 1967 where it coincided with the six day Arab-Israeli war.
While some are already counting down the days, others maintain that it’s all just an astronomical coincidence.