Tomorrow’s Lunar Eclipse — Two Ways To Watch

By now you know there will be a total eclipse of the moon tomorrow, 27 September. You can stand outside and watch it yourself, weather permitting, but if you do you may be vulnerable to ghosts, vampires, and zombies. It’s safer to stay inside your home, under the bed, with your doors locked and all the windows covered.

One safe way to watch is offered by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. He’s famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), and for the mind-boggling Creation Museum.

Ol’ Hambo has just posted this at his blog: Watch the Lunar Eclipse from the Creation Museum. He says:

It’s your last opportunity to see a total lunar eclipse from North America until 2018. [The 2018 lunar eclipse won’t be a supermoon eclipse, however.] And we want to invite you to watch the whole thing with us at the Creation Museum! On September 27, around 9:07 PM, we’ll see the moon start to slip into the moon’s shadow and it will be completely hidden a few hours later.

Hambo provides a link with more information, which informs us:

Tickets are only $9.95 per person for ages 13 and up. Budding astronomers ages 5 to 12 can attend for only $5.95. Children under 5 are free. (Ticket prices do not include tax). Reserve your tickets now for this extraordinary event.

Hambo’s blog post continues:

This is an opportunity for the whole family to learn from AiG’s astronomer Dr. Danny Faulkner about God’s creation in outer space, particularly the moon, from a biblical perspective. In a recent Answers magazine article, Dr. Faulkner wrote about how ever since Adam, people have been marveling at the moon in the night sky:

Then we’re given a quote from Faulkner’s article:

Why did God make a unique moon? Since the first night Adam stared up at the starry heavens, he must have marveled how the “lesser light” illuminated his otherwise dark nights. In recent times, astronomers have discovered other benefits of the moon, which helps to regulate living conditions on the earth. As far as we know, no other planet in the universe has such a perfectly matched satellite.

Sounds great, doesn’t it? But if you can’t make it to Kentucky, all is not lost. According to this NASA article, NASA TV to Provide Live Feed of Sunday’s Supermoon Eclipse, you can watch the thing at their website. They tell us:

For the first time in more than 30 years, you can witness a supermoon in combination with a lunar eclipse. Late on Sept. 27, 2015, in the U.S. and much of the world, a total lunar eclipse will mask the moon’s larger-than-life face. Watch NASA’s live stream from 8:00 p.m. until at least 11:30 p.m. EDT broadcast from Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., with a live feed from the Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, Calif. Mitzi Adams, a NASA solar physicist at Marshall will discuss the eclipse and answer questions from Twitter.

They provide a link to NASA’s live-stream video from Marshall Space Flight Center , but it isn’t active yet. They also tell us:

Sunday’s supermoon eclipse will last 1 hour and 11 minutes, and will be visible to North and South America, Europe, Africa, and parts of West Asia and the eastern Pacific. Weather permitting, you can see the supermoon after nightfall, and the eclipse will cast it into shadow beginning at 8:11 p.m. EDT. The total eclipse starts at 10:11 p.m. EDT, peaking at 10:47 p.m. EDT. … If you miss this event, you’ll have to wait a while — the next supermoon eclipse won’t occur until 2033.

For the spiritual significance of a supermoon eclipse, don’t forget the End of the World predictions we’ve been telling you about. On the occasion of the last one we wrote: The End of the World Is Upon Us. So it may be that The End Is Nigh! If the world ends this weekend, we’ll probably meet again in the Lake of Fire.

Your Curmudgeon bids you all farewell, and closes with this:

Thats all folks

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32 responses to “Tomorrow’s Lunar Eclipse — Two Ways To Watch

  1. I’m sure there the people in the lake of fire will be much more interesting than the ones in Hambone’s heaven! See you there.

  2. Just wondering how the moon will slip in to its own shadow? Doesn’t the earth have something to do with it?

  3. Timatheist says: “Just wondering how the moon will slip in to its own shadow?”

    If Hambo says it will happen, then it will happen!

  4. The best things in life are free—but at the Creation Museum even a lunar eclipse comes with a $10+ price tag. So I just wonder if Ken Ham considered–if even for a moment–telling his Sunday evening audience that “evil demons, the same ones which devised The Theory of Evolution and told Darwin to publish it, are “at this very moment devouring the moon and unless we pay them their $79 million ransom [i.e., coincidentally, the construction costs for the Noah’s Ark he’s building at the Ark Park], and pray, of course, the moon will never be returned to us!”

    After all, that particular daring, fund-raising tactic has worked with other science-ignorant audiences. Worth a try?

  5. Tickets are only $9.95 per person for ages 13 and up. Budding astronomers ages 5 to 12 can attend for only $5.95. Children under 5 are free. (Ticket prices do not include tax).

    Duh!! People can view the eclipse FOR FREE by standing outside Ham’s museum, but then they’d all miss the important Ham accompanying commentary, well worth the $9.95! And if it’s cloudy, then Ham and Faulkner can hold up globes to simulate the eclipse, but sorry, absolutely no refunds.

  6. I really should read Hambone more carefully the next time. I missed that about “… see the moon start to slip into the moon’s shadow …”, indicating his grasp of astronomy is as weak as his understanding of evolution. About the only thing he seems to grasp well is other people’s money!

  7. “we’ll see the moon start to slip into the moon’s shadow”

    When I read that I thought that our Curmudgeon had simply made a typo.
    However, going to the original text showed that Ham is just being Ham after all – he doesn’t even realize what he is saying, let alone what it means. This is just another attempt to fleece the ultra-credulous for another $10.

  8. OMG. KEN ! The lunar eclipse is a miracle also !!
    This is super.

  9. Those watching at the Creation Museum should not forget their biblical goggles (to protect eyes – and brain – against the forces of indoctrination).

  10. “We’ll see the moon start to slip into the moon’s shadow and it will be completely hidden a few hours later”. Another absolute triumph for the AiG ‘research team’ (and for Ham’s non-existent proof-reading skills). They even spread scientific misinformation when the REAL truth is not in the least unbiblical. There is no hope for them.

  11. In case it is not obvious, these fraudulent fools or foolish fraudsters don’t know the difference between a lunar eclipse and a solar eclipse. (But it’s not their fault – the answer is not found in Genesis after all.)

  12. In a bid to be helpful I have (a) sent this link to AiG via their website (but I suspect they delete every single communication I send to them); and (b) sent the following to email to a number of contacts (many are not YECs, some are):
    ‘Answers in Genesis – frauds, clueless, borderline insane – and opportunist money-grabbers charging for indoctrination.

    https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/ken-ham/2015/09/26/watch-lunar-eclipse-creation-museum/
    “we’ll see the moon start to slip into the moon’s shadow and it will be completely hidden a few hours later …”.
    http://creationmuseum.org/events/programs/stargazers/

    Will anybody on the Ham or AiG Facebook pages query the above misinformation?

    This lot did:
    https://sensuouscurmudgeon.wordpress.com/2015/09/26/tomorrows-lunar-eclipse-two-ways-to-watch/#comment-95026

    OR else you can watch the LUNAR eclipse free of charge (weather and work commitments permitting) in north west Europe or OTHER places in North America:
    http://forums.bcseweb.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=3707

  13. Thanks for approving the last comment so promptly.

  14. Ashley Haworth-roberts, the reason it was automatically delayed is that it had a lot of links, which is typical of commercial spam.

  15. As expected, WorldNetDaily has an article on the event: ‘Everywhere you turn,’ people seeking ‘signs or signals’. It’s the usual stuff they’ve been saying about supermoons: for the last couple of years

    Pastor Mark Biltz … says Christians are being given signs from the heavens. In Biltz’s opinion, the current sequence of four blood moons – a tetrad – “is a sign for today’s Christians as judgment always begins in the house of God. I believe the current blood moons also signal the end of an era,” he said.

  16. Hambo should have included the distinct possibility of being raptured from the creation museum.
    What a shill though… charging to see the eclipse? Hambo probably would sell snow to Eskimos if he could.

  17. Ken Ham:
    “On September 27, around 9:07 PM, we’ll see the moon start to slip into the moon’s shadow and it will be completely hidden a few hours later.”

    Good catch, Timatheist, Zetopan, Ashley Haworth-roberts. I was so focused on the “… it will be completely hidden a few hours later” that I missed that gem.

    The moon will be completely in Earth’s shadow at 10:11 PM EDT, not “a few hours later.” If you wait a few hours and think you can still see the eclipse, it will be over.

  18. Here’s good info from Sky & Telescope on the eclipse, including times of all phases of the eclipse, in all time zones, as well as a map showing where the entire eclipse can be seen and where the moon will rise with the eclipse already in progress. They too will have a live webcast for those who find themselves under cloudy skies or on the wrong side of the earth.

    http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/observing-news/get-ready-for-septembers-total-lunar-eclipse-091420155/?et_mid=786641&rid=246916688

  19. Another Hambo error, it is incorrect to say the Moon “will be completely hidden”. The Moon still gets light refracted through the Earth’s atmosphere giving it the “blood” moon coloration.
    The lesson: Don’t go to Hambo for a science lesson.

  20. @Troy:
    Interesting that the Bible knows more than Ham about that. The Bible refers to the Sun being dark and the Moon being red (Joel 2:31; Acts 2:20; Revelation 6:12).

  21. For the spiritual significance of a supermoon eclipse, don’t forget the End of the World predictions we’ve been telling you about. On the occasion of the last one we wrote: The End of the World Is Upon Us. So it may be that The End Is Nigh! If the world ends this weekend, we’ll probably meet again in the Lake of Fire.

    And K-K-K-Ken ubba-dee ubba-dee ubba-dee Ham will clop off to the pearly gates.

  22. On the East coast of the US, the dreaded hour of totality is about eight hours away. Prepare to meet thy doom!

  23. “we’ll see the moon start to slip into the moon’s shadow”

    Unsurprisingly, Ham has got it completely wrong. The half of the moon away from the sun at any time is in the moon’s shadow. We see more or less of the shadowed part throughout the month: tonight, (practically) none of the moon is in the moon’s shadow, but in a couple of weeks, at new moon, (practically) all of it will be.

  24. On the East coast of the US, the eclipse starts in less than three hours, and totality is only five hours away. The tension is unendurable!

  25. “On the East coast of the US, the eclipse starts in less than three hours, and totality is only five hours away. The tension is unendurable!”

    It starts at the same actual time no matter what time zone you’re in. (That is, as long as you are on the part of the Earth where the moon is visible at the start of the eclipse. In the Pacific time zone, the moon rises after the eclipse has started. See the S&T website linked above.)

  26. The eclipse is supposedly happening right now …

    The bad news: There’s a cloud cover where I live.

    The good news:
    1. I didn’t pay Ken Ham $ 9.95.
    2. I didn’t have to listen to Dr. Danny Faulkner prattling on “about God’s creation in outer space, particularly the moon, from a biblical perspective.”
    3. The world didn’t end.

    All in all, a good night despite the unfortunate clouds.

  27. Eclipse progressing beautifully with clear skies in Minnesota south of Twin Cities.

    We did not experience the End of the World at our location. How about you?
    Hope all is well in your part of the world.

  28. All nice and quiet on the western coast of Norway, and what do you know: The clouds parted and I got to see a significant part of the celestial show after all!

    (Just back from the window:) About half of the Blood Moon is now “de-bloodied”, and if the apocalypse is underway, it is an unexpectedly calm and gentle event.

  29. H.K.Fauskanger reports

    if the apocalypse is underway, it is an unexpectedly calm and gentle event

    indeed–as it was foretold!

    This is the way the world ends
    This is the way the world ends
    This is the way the world ends
    Not with a bang but a whimper.

  30. Your Curmudgeon last looked at the Moon was when the eclipse was about one-quarter underway. The Earth’s shadow didn’t make a much of crescent. The Moon was big, but it wasn’t red. I decided that the world wasn’t going to end. So far, so good.

  31. My other point was that the moon would not be hidden AT ALL (unlike the sun arguably is during a total solar eclipse). Though that said it did darken considerably last night over England and Wales which were blessed with clear skies.

  32. As I now see Troy pointed out.