Oh no! It’s a blood moon, the first of four in 18 months. We’re all gonna die. Yes, last night the moon slid into the shadow of the earth casting a reddish hue on the moon. Unusually, there will be four of these occurrences in the next 18 months. Astronomers call it a tetrad, doomsayers call it a sign signalling the imminent destruction of the earth. We haven’t had too many doomsday predictions lately. The ISON comet predicted by many to bring forth our destruction, spectacularly failed after its million year journey ended on Thanksgiving day last year, when it simply disintegrated after getting too close to the sun. The Viking prediction of Ragnarok (Armageddon) also failed to materialise on February 22nd. The new movie Thor 3: Ragnarok (End of Days) still hasn’t been released, so I guess the director was not too anxious about the date being accurate. Religious people, quick to capitalise on the series of Blood Moons, have released a number of books explaining the significance as they perceive it: “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs”, by mark Biltz; “Blood Moons Rising: Bible Prophecy, Israel, and the Four Blood Moons”, by pastor Mark Hitchcock; and “Four Blood Moons: Something is about to change” by pastor John Hagee. The last book is number 80 on USA Today’s best seller list! Good grief people, save yourself some time and money. Here is my prophecy for the Blood Moons and the next 18 months. Everything will be pretty normal. There will be no rapture, Armageddon or End of Days. The bible says “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord.”, Joel 2:31. In my opinion a more reliable and accurate predictor of future events, NASA, issued a statement saying there will be eight sets of tetrads before the year 2100. Expect a lot more doomsday predictions over the next hundred years. Unless they are right of course.
Tomorrow, at the European Centre for Nuclear Research (Cern), high-energy operations will restart at the Hadron Collider, following the spectacular failure just 9 days after the original launch in 2008. Scientists hope that experiments will ultimately allow them to find the so-called “God particle” or Higgs boson that theoretically gave mass to everything in the universe. They have already circulated photon particle beams to record speeds and aim to steer them into head-on collisions to mimic conditions at the moment of the big bang. The collider will still only run on half power until 2011, when it will close for another year of work before it will be able to run on full power in 2013. This of course will be a little too late to fulfil the Mayan 2012 prophecy.
All this talk of finding God particles and re-creating the big bang has led to some disquiet. In a well-publicised case, an unidentified German woman, appealed to the highest German court, to try and prevent the experiments, which she felt would lead to the apocalypse. The court said she failed to demonstrate any connection between experiments at the Cern collider and the apocalypse.
Anything that adds to the sum of human knowledge will bring us closer to understanding this crazy universe and any Gods that may or may not exist. Only the deeply religious seem to fear this for some reason. Personally, I am hoping it may lead to the Second Coming of the Great Prophet Zarquon.