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Sunday, 13 November 2016 13:15

Supermoon November 2016 an omen? End-of-time talk points to moon's timing and Israel's creation

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There are plenty of jokes that could be made about Donald Trump winning the White House and the appearance of a rare and super bright large moon in the sky Sunday night.Is it the end of the world as we know it?Hold on. Barring something unforeseen, the Nov. 13 supermoon isn't a sign of the end of days. It is, scientist said, just a part of the cycle in the moon's slightly elliptical orbit around the Earth. That orbit means tomorrow night's moon – known as a supermoon or Beaver Moon - will appear 30 percent brighter than it would on a typical night.It's the biggest moon in 68 years. We won't see another supermoon like this one until Nov. 25, 2034.

Supermoon end of days?

Many sky watchers are looking forward to the rare occurrence but there are others who said the appearance of the supermoon is a harbinger of disaster. Most of the latest-end-of-the-world talk is building on the mythology around September's 2015 supermoon, known as a "Blood Moon," which pastors at the time said was part of a series of four blood moon eclipses that signaled doomsday.
This year's end-of-times talk centers on the dates around the appearance of this supermoon. The last time the moon was this close to the Earth was in November 1948, just months after the creation of the national of Israel. Its second appearance comes as work is underway on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, considered to be the location of Jesus's tomb. The timing of the event is leading some people to see the November 2016 supermoon as the completion of Biblical prophecy.Scientists aren't buying it, however. The supermoon isn't a fulfillment of prophecy – it's just a function of the lunar rock's orbit around the Earth. 
 

Here's how NASA explains the supermoon:

  
"The moon's orbit around Earth is slightly elliptical so sometimes it is closer and sometimes it's farther away. When the moon is full as it makes its closest pass to Earth it is known as a supermoon. At perigree — the point at which the moon is closest to Earth — the moon can be as much as 14 percent closer to Earth than at apogee, when the moon is farthest from our planet. The full moon appears that much larger in diameter and because it is larger shines 30 percent more moonlight onto the Earth.
"That doesn't mean it's not a sign, scientists said, albeit in a scientific way.
"The moon is the Rosetta Stone by which we understand the rest of the solar system," said Noah Petro, deputy project scientist for NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission.
If you want to see what all the buzz is about for yourself, the best time to see the November supermoon is at 6:22 a.m. ET and "opposite" the sun for the full moon at 8:52 a.m. ET. (or 7:52 a.m. CT, 6:52 a.m. MT, 5:52 a.m. PT.)
Source: al.com

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