Blood Moon 2015

There are a bunch of Super De Dooper Moons this year, but today is going to have the largest of the year. Not that much of a difference, but still noticeable if you are susceptible to water weight retention... Not terrible as it will only be around 1/9 the weight of a paperclip, but still, the closer it is, the brighter it is! So that's up to one third brighter, which is amazing! It's the Hunters Moon!

Startlingly enough, it is also going to have a rare eclipse along with it, calling it a Blood Moon. The blood moon is super rare, especially accompanied by a Super Moon! The last time this happened in 1982 I watched it and it was awesome! Since it won't happen again until 2033, you had better catch it.

Want more science? Here you go, I found this article HERE


Sunday's full moon has a lot going for it -- almost too much.

Not only will it be 2015's harvest moon, but it will also be a supermoon and a blood moon and coincide with a total lunar eclipse.

According to NASA it's the first time in more than 30 years a supermoon has coincided with a lunar eclipse.

That's a lot to pack in a night.

So what is the difference between a harvest moon, a blood moon and a supermoon?

Let's start with the harvest moon

*The harvest moon is an annual occurrence. It's simply the full moon closest to the fall equinox, which was on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

*The harvest moon can come both before and after the equinox.

*The harvest moon usually occurs in September but can happen as late as October.

*The harvest moon also stands out because it also occurs during the time of year with the shortest period between successive moonrises, according to What that means is basically the moon rises earlier than usual around the time of the harvest moon. Those earlier moonrises gave farmers of the past extra minutes of light to harvest their crops.

*The harvest moon is also special because it will rise in the east near sunset and appear full for several days in a row -- making it seem as if there is more than one full moon.

*A "normal" harvest moon wouldn't necessarily appear bigger and brighter than those during the rest of the year, but this one may because it's also a supermoon.

Which leads us to .... what is a supermoon?

*The term "supermoon" was first coined by astrologer Richard Nolle more than 30 years ago.

*Nolle's definition: The new moon or full moon has to come within 224,834 miles of Earth, as measured from the centers of the moon and Earth, in order to be considered a supermoon.

*Many astronomers cringe at the use of the term "supermoon," preferring "perigee full moon." (Perigee means "near Earth.")

*Supermoons are not rare. In fact, this will be the fifth of six supermoons in 2015 alone. The new moons of January, February and March were supermoons as was the full moon in August. The September and October full moons will also be supermoons.

*The last supermoon of 2015 will be Oct. 27 -- reaching peak fullness at 7:05 a.m. CDT.

*According to EarthSky, the use of "supermoon" became widespread in 2011 when the media used it to describe the full moon of March 19, 2011, which was the closest, largest full moon that year.

*September's supermoon will come closest to Earth of all of 2015's moons: 221,753 miles.

*There are four to six supermoons every year on average.

A supermoon may be closer to Earth, but may not always appear larger or different in color, which leads us to -- blood moons.

A blood moon can appear reddish in color thanks to the filtering of sunlight through the Earth's atmosphere. (NASA)

What is a blood moon?

*The moon can appear reddish in color during a lunar eclipse (which will fall on Sunday, Sept. 27). That's because the moon reflects light from the sun. During a lunar eclipse, sunlight to the moon is blocked by the Earth's shadow. As the eclipse reaches its peak, light from the sun is refracted around the "edges" of Earth and through Earth's atmosphere.

Because of this, according to NASA, almost all colors except red are "filtered" out, and the eclipsed moon appears reddish or even brown. This filtering effect is one of the origins of the term "blood moon."

*The Bible also refers to blood moons. From Joel 2:31-32 (New King James Version): "The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."

*Some Christian pastors, namely John Hagee, have applied the term "blood moon" to the lunar tetrad that is about to end with this eclipse. Hagee wrote a book about it in 2013 called "Four Blood Moons: Something is About to Change."

*Sunday's moon is final moon of what's called a "lunar tetrad," which began in 2014. A lunar tetrad is four total lunar eclipses in succession, with no partial lunar eclipses in between, separated by six lunar months (or six full moons), according to EarthSky.

*The last lunar tetrad was in 2003-04. The next one will be in 2032-2033.

*"To the best of our knowledge, however," EarthSky writes, "the use of the term blood moon to describe a lunar tetrad is of recent origin. It might have originated with John Hagee's 2013 book."

The harvest moon, blood moon, supermoon and eclipse will all be visible starting Sunday night.

Here are the times to know:

*The moon will rise at 6:30 p.m. CDT Sunday and hit peak fullness at 9:50 p.m. CDT.

*The lunar eclipse will begin at 8:07 p.m. CDT.

*The total eclipse will begin at 9:11 p.m. CDT.

*The moment of greatest eclipse will be at 9:47 p.m. CDT.

*The total eclipse ends 10:23 p.m. CDT.

*The partial eclipse ends 11:27 p.m. CDT

*The moon will set at 7:08 a.m. on Monday.

Weather won't cooperate for skywatching? Watch NASA's live stream from 7 p.m. until at least 10:30 p.m. CDT. It will be broadcast from the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.

Loving Mean People

Often as people we walk around judging success by visible immediate results. This is often wonderful, as this is how we can measure and achieve statistics of growth, but let us not forget that often, it is not how good you look, it is the inside of your heart that is what really matters. I've had a hard time dealing with someone in my life. They "look good" on paper and in real life but in hidden corners of conversation between them and myself - indeed and in front of our peers I am shamefully treated, silenced, mocked and belittled. It is not love I see in their eyes and my last altercation with them led me to tears. It was only the hugs of my wonderful wife that brought me back out of my misery.

I have had a difficult time dealing with a person in my life that is a hindrance and a stumbling block to my life and my heart. I have tried talking one on one with this person and have talked to them in front of a leader, but with no success. I have tried reason, charity and kindness - only to have it thrown back in my face with scorn and pride. I don't give up on them because love won't give up. but I have done everything according to Matthew 18:15-17 but I don't think I am ready to give up on them just yet even though I have a Godly right to. I will probably go the Luke 6:28 way and just keep on loving them, because in their childish way, that is what they need.

Love is tender and keeps no record of wrong. With all of the tears on my pillow and from all of the depths of my heart I firmly desire to give this person what they NEED not what they DESERVE. Most daily Bible readers know that pride goes before the fall. But I don't want this person to fall. I really want them to live and prosper in their life, reject arrogance and scorn and turn to the open heart of forgiveness, trust and understanding that is found in Christianity. It needs to happen. You really can't live a pure life in pride, it takes too much energy to be above people all the time. Sooner or later, you get smacked back in your place and it hurts. So, I mean, I hope they don't get hurt.

But the LORD said to Samuel, "Don't judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn't see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." I hope to look at their heart. I want to love them more. I hope to pray for them as Jesus prayed for them... It's just trying in the meantime.

You probably have people like this in your life. It hurts to love them, because they are full of spite and sometimes even malice... Yet do we love? Shall we not love them more? I say: "Yes."

God bless you.


911 Challenge

Hey there faithful audience. Soon in my country people will be waving their flags and showing support for a cause. I believe the cause is larger than one flag or one country. I made this. Maybe we can spark a new revolution. Hopefully this will catch on. I'm going to do it. #911Challenge

How to introduce someone to horror movies

So they've never seen a horror movie?

Well. Then I suppose that they have seen "Thriller Movies." So I would not begin their introduction by giving them an over the top slasher movie.

For their first horror movie I would want to introduce them slowly. I would go with "Dark City" or "The Cube." Not because they are so "scary" but a complete horror by definition.

You could place several Hitchcock movies (You know the ones) in this one as well... You pick.

Then it's time to move into animal movies. Namely, "Cujo", "Jaws" and "The Birds."

I would then begin a series of even larger themes within my shown movies with better "jump factor" and larger implications... eg. "Silent Hill" or "The Mist."

I would then slowly move them into the Metaphysical by having them view "The Exorcist", "The Omen", "Rosemary's Baby", "The Amityville Horror."

From that point on it would be a small but important step to watch "Alien" but, you see, this is just the introduction...

From here on... Shit gets real.

We next move into probably the largest stress point after the introduction: All of the "Saw" franchise.

And directly after that, you want to bring them back to reality with some werewolf and vampire flicks. So throw in "Dracula 2000", "The Howling", "An American Werewolf In London", "Interview With A Vampire", and "Let The Right One In."

From then on you are leading them down the narrow path into the obvious franchises with "Unstoppable Men With Evil Faces Holding Weapons" movies try and make you pee your pants...

But you can't show them too much of that, because now it's time for our Asian festivities. Starting with "Two Sisters", "Shutter" and "Audition" you can have a laugh at some sick stuff.

But soon, you have to come back to the Paranormal... Literally. Found footage "Paranormal Activity", "REC", "Blaire Witch" and "Cloverfield" are all great examples...

The last movies you show them are the best movies, and the ones that you want to stick. "The Thing", "The Descent", and "28 Days Later" and whatever else makes up your top 5. Make sure to save your favorites until the end.

At this time you show them "Cabin In The Woods" and then tell them that Jesus actually loves them and none of this shit is real. After that, untie them and release them from your dungeon, take them to Waffle House and buy them the All-You-Can-Eat.

You might take offense that I left out a couple of very important genre's. That's ok. Show them those wherever you want.