Experience a total lunar eclipse and ‘blood moon’ this Sunday night

The next chance to see this rare event will be in 18 years time

On the night of Sunday September 27 there will be a rare total lunar eclipse of a super full moon that can be observed in Denmark.

The Sun, Earth and the Moon will be in complete alignment, with the Moon and Earth at their closest point to one another. The Moon will be hidden in Earth’s shadow, with only a little sunlight illuminating the natural satellite, thus resulting in a red glow – a phenomenon called the ‘blood moon’, which has been freaking people out since ancient times.

A reason to stay up late
The total eclipse will begin at 3:07 CET on Monday, peaking at 4:47 and then ending at 6:27.

The event is very rare and according to NASA it has only occurred five times in the past hundred years: in 1910, 1928, 1946, 1964 and 1982.

Watch it through a telescope
The Tycho Brahe Planetarium and Copenhagen Astronomical Society are hosting a public observation event in connection with the total eclipse.

If the sky on Sunday night is clear, telescopes will be set up in the northwest corner of Skt Jørgens Sø in the centre of Copenhagen at 04:15 am.

The next opportunity to see this rare event will be sometime in 2033.

A reason to worry?
This total lunar eclipse is the fourth and final one in a series called the lunar tetrad. The previous three took place on 15 April 2014, 8 October 2014 and 4 April 2015.

Because of that some people believe this phenomenon has a significant religious meaning with dire consequences for humankind.

In the United States, two Christian evangelists with huge followings have been warning Armageddon will occur.

They claim huge earthquakes will destroy the Earth within days of the rare lunar event.