"[A]ccording to NASA, a highly unusual ‘Tetrad’ – four successive total ‘blood-red’ lunar eclipses each followed by six full moons – will, indeed, start next Tuesday and finish on September 28 2015. The incredible alignment has only happened a handful of times in the last two thousand years but, remarkably, on each of the last three occasions it has coincided with a globally significant religious event.”
NASA: “This is the first of four consecutive total lunar eclipses in 2014 and 2015 - a series known as a Tetrad. …The 565-year period of the Tetrad ‘seasons’ is tied to the slowly decreasing eccentricity of Earth’s orbit. Consequently, the Tetrad period is gradually decreasing. In the distant future Tetrads will no longer be possible.”
Pastor and author John Hagee: “According to the Biblical prophecy, world history is about to change dramatically.
Every time this has happened in the last 500 years, it has coincided with tragedy for the Jewish people followed by triumph. And once again, for Israel, the timing of this Tetrad is remarkable. The first of the four blood moons will come on April 15 this year, during Passover. The second will be on October 8, at the time of the Feast of the Tabernacles. On April 4 2015, during Passover, we will have another blood moon. Then finally, on September 28, during next year’s Feast of the Tabernacles, the fourth blood and final moon will dawn.”
“Just over 9,000 feet up Mount Lemmon in the Coronado National Forest sits the University of Arizona’s SkyCenter, which houses the largest telescope in the southwest open for public observing. The university boasts an elite academic astronomy program, and the telescope is a Tucson treasure; scholars travel from around the world to spend an evening studying the far-off galaxies visible from the observatory. The university recently teamed up with another of Tucson’s big draws: the Miraval Resort & Spa, known for its experiential programming. Beginning in February, Miraval will offer its own, more grounded version of “space tourism,” with excursions to the SkyCenter for stargazing, and to the university campus where visitors will be able to see some of the world’s largest telescope mirrors being built. … If a visit to an underground site that gives the impression of — as the astronomy layman and Miraval president Michael Tompkins calls it — “a top-secret C.I.A. laboratory” isn’t enough, Day 2 includes an evening at the SkyCenter guided by Adam Block, an astro-photographer and winner of the 2012 Hubble Award. Block says this offers visitors the chance “to see, really with their own eyes, what the universe looks like; the kind of things most only read about in books or see on TV.” ”
Astronomers discover ‘Star Wars planet’ with two suns
An astrological discovery that would make Luke Skywalker a little homesick is making waves this week — a faraway planet has been found to have two suns.
A team of experts used the NASA Kepler space telescope to discover the planet, which orbits around two large stars — similar to Tatooine, the fictional home of Skywalker in the Star Wars films.
In this case, however, the discovery doesn’t get the Hollywood treatment in terms of a name. Its name is the far more prosaic Kepler-16b.
BBC: A "galactic lens" has revealed that the Universe will probably expand forever
Us, from 114 million miles
Knowing the distribution of dark energy tells astronomers that the Universe will continue to get bigger indefinitely. Eventually it will become a cold, dead wasteland with a temperature approaching what scientists term “absolute zero”. Professor Priyamvada Natarajan of Yale University, a leading cosmologist and co-author of this study, said that the findings finally proved “exactly what the fate of the Universe will be”.
NASA: The collision of the Antennae galaxies — located about 62 million light yrs from Earth— which began more than 100 million years ago and is still occurring, has triggered the formation of millions of stars in clouds of dusts and gas in the galaxies. The most massive of these young stars have already sped through their evolution in a few million years and exploded as supernovas.