City misses supermoon lunar eclipse, NASA 'aliens' on Mars

MOST of the world is waiting in anticipation for a "supermoon" total lunar eclipse, but Toowoomba (and the rest of Australia) is missing out on the astronomical event.

A supermoon is the concurrence of a full moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its orbit, resulting in what seems to be the largest size of the Moon as seen from Earth.

The supermoon eclipse will last one hour and 11 minutes, and will be visible to residents in North and South America, Europe, Africa, and parts of West Asia and the eastern Pacific.

For Toowoomba residents upset at geographical discrimination due to their placement in relation to the Moon, NASA is providing a live stream of the event from 10am tomorrow (8pm EDT).

Known as a "tetrad", the fourth lunar eclipse in two years has been dubbed by some Christian groups a blood moon.

Some are concerned it could mark the start of dangerous events.

Photo from NASA, Twitter.
Photo from NASA, Twitter.

Their views are based on a verse from the Bible, Joel 2:31 which states: "The Sun shall be turned into darkness, and the Moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord comes."

Some say the astrological event is a sign of the Old Testament prophecy predicting the end of the world, the New York Post reported.

Tonight's (tomorrow US time) eclipse comes as speculation mounts about a press conference by NASA on Mars.

The space group says it will detail a major science finding from the agency's ongoing exploration of Mars during a news briefing at 11.30am EDT tomorrow (Monday, September 28) at the James Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

Australian news agencies are reporting the conference may announce that NASA's Curiosity Rover has found life on Mars.

Others say scientists may have have found water on Mars.



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