CRACKPOT conspiracy theorists think the Super Blood Moon Eclipse will signal the end of the world.
On January 21, the full moon will become fully tinted with the red-orange colour of sunset – sparking fears of an impending apocalypse.
But loony stargazers believe the world will end after series of four consecutive lunar eclipses.
The prophecy states that a tetrad coinciding on Jewish holidays with six full moons in between and no intervening partial lunar eclipses is a sign of the beginning of the end of times.
On January 21, the full moon will become fully tinted with the red-orange colour of sunset.
The spectacle will combine three fascinating events in what’s known as a ‘super blood moon’ eclipse.
Over the course of three hours, the moon will turn a bright shade of orange[/caption]
UK stargazers can catch the event on the morning of January 21, from around 2:37am.
Over the course of the next three and a half hours, you’ll see a bright orange hue creep across the face of the full moon, forming a “blood moon”.
For those unwilling to watch the full show, head out at around 5:15am to see the eclipse at its peak.
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth’s shadow completely covers the moon.
The scattering of the Sun’s light as it hits our atmosphere causes the reddish glow.
According to Nasa: “The exact colour that the moon appears depends on the amount of dust and clouds in the atmosphere.
“If there are extra particles in the atmosphere, from say a recent volcanic eruption, the moon will appear a darker shade of red.”
January’s lunar eclipse is also a supermoon – meaning it’ll be brighter and larger than normal.
This is because the moon’s orbit will take it unusually close to Earth, giving stargazers a spectacular lunar show.
The moniker was coined in 1979 and is often used to describe a full moon happening near or at the time when the moon is at its closest point in its orbit around Earth.
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Supermoons may appear as much as 14% closer and 30% brighter than the moon on an average night.
The moon’s average distance from Earth is around 238,000 miles.
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