Blood Moon
A seagull flies in front of a total lunar eclipse, also known as a "blood moon"Reuters

Before the Easter Sunday, as the Passover draws to a close on the evening of Saturday, 4 April, a rare and short total lunar eclipse will turn the moon blood red. This rare phenomena has triggered a series of apocalyptic rumours.

It is the third of the four successive total "blood red" lunar eclipses, which will be visible across North America, Asia and Australia.

According to NASA, the celestial phenomena is so rare that in the last 2000 years it has happened only a handful of times.

The total lunar eclipse will begin at 3:16 am PDT, on the morning of 4 April, when the edge of the moon passes through the amber core of Earth's shadow. The blood moon will last for less than five minutes, just before the end of the phenomena. The lunar eclipse will, however, take place in a course of one hour and forty five minutes.

The entire moon will be covered by the Earth's shadow at 4:58 am PDT.

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Why is Blood Moon Red?

The moon's redness is caused by the Earth covering the sun. This red light from the rim of the Earth falls on the moon to make it look like a giant red orb.

Is it a Supernatural Phenomena?

The rare celestial occurrence has triggered various reactions, many quoting from the book of Joel in the bible say that blood red moon predicts the end of the world. In Bible, the book of Joel Chapter 2, Verse 31 says: "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD comes," [NKJV].

John Hagee, an American pastor, told Express that "the end of this age is coming" as there is a sequence of prophetic events that the Bible says will happen.

Where to Watch Live Blood Moon 2015

Unlike solar eclipse, the Lunar eclipse is safe to watch with naked eyes. On the Easter weekend, the total lunar eclipse will be visible from most of North America and around the Pacific Rim region.

Sky gazers in Australia and the Asian Far East will see the eclipse at sunset, the lucky one in western North America will enjoy the best view during sunrise on 4 April.

Hawaii and the central Pacific islands will catch the eclipse high in the sky near the zenith, around local midnight. It will not be visible from Africa or Europe.

The entire total lunar eclipse and the rare blood moon phenomena can be witnessed live on Virtual Telescope Project and Slooh. Both the websites will have live streaming and webcast options, starting 3:16 am PDT.

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Twitter Reactions:

MTV Ellie Puckett ✝ ‏@whaattaafoxx 

So what do yall think about this "Blood Moon" that's happening APRIL 4th? It's kinda weird how it's the night before Easter

YLNA ‏@wonderosa 

Blood Moon in Easter. God hilarious. "the sun shall be turned to darkness & the moon to blood before the terrible day of the Lord comes"

aromaoilganics™ ‏@aromaoilganics

"Easter" on Blood Moon weekend distracting the masses from looking inside themselves to recharge and repair their DNA's

Linda P @USAHellfire

"Easter falls upon The Blood Moon...Look for an apocalyptal occurrence--whether by devious human..." — Missie Ogyny

Astronomy Tweets @starsmaven

Easter apocalypse: 'Blood moon' heralds 'dramatic change': But Hagee insists his readings are different.

Rachel Tsoumbakos @mrszoomby

Is the blood moon coming a sign of the end times?