Well, folks, it looks like we need to get all our affairs in order...again.
If you believe that Friday's black moon will bring about the end of the world, that is. According to some Christians and conspiracy theorists, we could meet our end this week.
On September 30, the illuminated side of the moon will be completely covered by the Earth's shadow, erasing it from our view for a short period of time. Though this happens almost every three years, people believe that because this phenomenon is paired with another celestial event, the world will cease to exist.
At the beginning of September, the moon fell in line with Earth and the sun just above Africa, creating a "ring of fire" in a spectacular solar eclipse. These two activities happening in the same month has caused people to believe that the apocalypse is coming.
Some Christians are convinced that these moon phases will fulfill a prophecy from the Bible regarding the end of times.
According to the aptly named Signs of End Times website, chapter 24:29 in the Book of Matthew predicted these events:
"Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be
darkened and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall
from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken."
Express even reported that one Facebook user went as far to say, “Those signs are letting us know that Jesus is soon coming. We are approaching the end of our world and the end of life on Earth for all human beings. Every day, we have to come closer to our saviour Jesus Christ, for none can escape for what is coming for the Earth.”
I wouldn't start giving away all your stuff just yet, though -- scientists are saying that there's no reason to be afraid and that nothing out of the ordinary will happen during or after the black moon event.
What a relief! I was so worried about my impending doom.
In all seriousness, though, this should be a beautiful sight to witness.
The moon will be visible in the Western Hemisphere, so if you're in
North or South America or in parts of Western Europe, you'll likely be
able to see it in action.