The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – At dawn on Tuesday a lunar eclipse will be the first of a tetrad of red moons that will be repeated about every six months for another year and a half, a phenomenon that will only happen seven times in this century, NASA reported.

Although the phenomenon will start around 0700 GMT, the most impressive moment of the eclipse, according to predictions by the U.S. space agency, will be given to 0745 GMT.  For Costa Rica, this means around 1:45am,

Total eclipses of the moon occur when there is an almost perfect alignment between the Sun, Earth and Moon, projecting its shadow on the Earth when the satellite is under full moon, a rare phenomenon that last occurred December 10, 2011.

However, the moon does not disappear from view, but turns red because the Earth’s atmosphere filters the sunlight and lets only the red show, which is projected onto the moon.

In this case, in addition to North and South America, the eclipse will also be able to see better from Australia and the South Pacific.

According to NASA, depending on the climatic conditions of each place, in the Americas people will appreciate a show in the sky as the moon changes from a bright orange to a deep red, dark brown and maybe even gray.

This phenomenon has been around throughout the history of many superstitions and references to prophecies of natural disasters of great magnitude.

For example, the book “Four Blood Moons”, published last year by the televangelist John Hagee, suggests a link between the tetrad and the Biblical prophecies about the end of the world.

The last time a series of four total lunar eclipses occurred was in 2003.

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica