With the final blood supermoon of the ongoing tetrad set to engage star gazers in a celestial event, Nasa has rubbished claims made some that it would bring a meteor strike leading to the end of the world. The fourth blood moon would appear on the night of 27-28 September.
Though the supermoon eclipse will be visible in the US, people from around the world can enjoy it through Nasa TV which will air the event from 8pm until at least 11.30pm EDT from the Marshall Space Flight Center. Click here to watch the event live stream online on Nasa's official website.
Meanwhile, the space administration has appealed to the people to enjoy the rare event which is happening after more than 30 years. "There is no scientific basis -- not one shred of evidence -- that an asteroid or any other celestial object will impact Earth on those dates," Paul Chodas, manager of Nasa's Near-Earth Object office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory told CBS.
"If there were any object large enough to do that type of destruction in September, we would have seen something of it by now. In fact, not a single one of the known objects has any credible chance of hitting our planet over the next century," Chodas added.
Like last year, the final blood supermoon is coinciding with Jewish festival Sukkot. The rare celestial event has led many religious theorists to believe that this is the signal of the end of the world.
"God is trying to tell us something!" Texas pastor John Hagee, a dooms day theorist and the author of the 2013 book, "Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change," said in a statement. [via The Blaze]
Apocalypse author Robert Rite has also weighed in on the "end of the world theories" and predicted that Israel would be the worst affected country. "In this latest series of Total lunar eclipses, we are seeing four of them in a short span of time – this is referred to as a Tetrad: The fact that these 4 Blood moons are occurring during Jewish Holidays portends something big that will occur surrounding Israel and the Middle East," he said in a interview in early September.
In order to prove his theory, Rite gave various examples that he claimed are the signs of a looming apocalypse. According to him, the Ebola virus outbreak in 2014, global economic and financial instability, the increased civil unrest in the US, the formation of Islamic State and its reign of terror are some of the indications that the world is nearing its end.
However, astronomers and star gazers are eagerly awaiting to witness the rare event. "It's a beautiful sight in the nighttime sky," said Mark Hammergren, an astronomer at Chicago's Adler Planetarium told CNN. "It's a way of connecting us to the universe at large. It gives us this view that there's a bigger picture than just what we're concerned with in our daily lives."
The next blood supermoon will appear in 2033.