Friday the 13th: A ‘super flower blood moon’ to rise this weekend

Friday the 13th: A ‘super flower blood moon’ to rise this weekend

Friday the 13th and a blood moon eclipse are set to coincide this weekend – and horror fans are thrilled!

THE ORIGINS OF FRIDAY THE 13TH

Friday the 13th – the only one in 2022 – marks the “unluckiest day” on the Gregorian calendar.

It’s unclear where of origins of Friday the 13th, although there are several theories, which include:

  • In Dan Brown’s popular book The Da Vinci Code, it was claimed that members of the Knights Templar – a medieval society -were arrested on Friday the 13th.
  • Jesus was crucified on a Friday, and there were 13 guests at the Last Supper the night before his crucifixion. According to theologists, Friday was also the day Eve gave Adam the apple from the Tree of Knowledge.
  • Horror movie maker Alfred Hitchcock was born on 13  August 1899, and his 100th birthday would have fallen on Friday the 13th in 1999.

Interestingly, Nasa has confirmed that an asteroid “will come scarily close to Earth” on Friday the 13th in April 2029.

WHAT IS A BLOOD MOON?

On Sunday night, a total lunar eclipse – when the earth comes in between the sun and the moon – is set to occur. The rare occurrence is also known as a “super flower blood moon”, where the sun, moon, and earth will align.

The weekend’s eclipse is also called a “super flower blood moon”, as the moon will not only take on a reddish hue but will appear larger too, as it will be at its closest point to earth in its orbit, and “flower moon” referring to the flowers will bloom in spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

According to Nasa, this is because red wavelengths of sunlight fall onto the moon’s surface after filtering through the earth’s atmosphere.

Nasa also reveals that the blood moon will be visible across the African continent, provided there are clear skies.

South Africans will be able to see the total eclipse occur between 05:29 and 06:53 according to timeanddate.com.

The next total lunar eclipse will occur on 8 November later this year. The next total lunar eclipse will occur on 13 March, 2025.

As with Friday the 13th, a blood moon is also seen as a sinister occasion.

In ancient civilisation, the day was filled with chaos and uncertainty. The Inca people believed a jaguar was attacking and eating the moon, whilst Hindu folklore believed the event signified the demon Rahu drinking the elixir of immortality.

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