A Super Blood Wolf Moon gave eager stargazers alluring views on Monday, January 21.
The astrological event showcased a trifecta of lunar activities, with a Super Moon, Blood Moon and Wolf Moon combined.
The event was the last total lunar eclipse until May 26, 2021 and happens about every one to three years on average.
The spectacular astronomical phenomenon saw the Sun, Earth and Moon in a straight line for a short amount of time so the entire Moon is shielded from the Sun’s rays.
This sent a reddish glow through Earth’s atmosphere and resulted in a total eclipse.
The eclipse reached zenith about 5.13am UK time (UTC) over the Western Hemisphere.
But despite the astronomical event being a regular occurrence throughout history, many cultures and religions have tried to attribute blood moons as signs of an impending catastrophe.
Some Christian theorists have long associated Blood Moons with a bad omen and end of time prophecies found in the Bible’s Book of Joel and the Book of Revelations.
Joel -31 read: “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.”The Blood Moon is also featured in the Book of Revelations in passage , which states: “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood.”For many, this may sound conspiratorial but the fact is there is some logic to this notion.
According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), earthquakes can be up to three times more likely during high tides, which appears when a Full Moon is present.
The agency said: "You must stop and realise that the background probability is, in general, very low in a given place and year (fractions of a percent), so that raising this tiny probability by a factor of 3 during high tides still results in a very tiny probability."However, the USGS cautions the increased likelihood still means they're very unlikely.
A study from 2016 done by Nature Geoscience found the tides that occur during full and new Moons may be connected to a slightly higher likelihood of high magnitude earthquakes around the world.