The lunar eclipse according to Flat Earthers: Conspiracy theorists claim Blood Moon was caused by an unseen ‘Shadow Object’ passing in front of the sun
- Sky watchers around the world were treated to stunning ‘blood moon’ this week
- Phenomenon is caused by lunar eclipse, when Earth sits between sun and moon
- Flat Earthers, however, claim it’s a mysterious ‘Shadow Object’ that causes it
- They say Shadow Object orbits sun, but cannot be seen because it’s too close
Despite their many inventive hypotheses, the arguments of Flat Earthers always break down in the face of observable natural phenomena.
This week’s ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’ was no exception – but, that hasn’t stopped them from trying.
A post on The Flat Earth Society’s ‘Flat Earth Wiki’ claims the lunar eclipse was not caused by the shadow of our planet as it sits between the sun and the moon, but by an entirely separate ‘Shadow Object’ that orbits too closely to the sun to be seen.
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Instead of Earth blocking the sun’s light, The Flat Earth Society says a lunar eclipse occurs when the sun and moon align with the Shadow Object between them. This can only happen a maximum of three times per year, the post notes. Artist’s impression of a flat Earth
According to The Flat Earth Society, this elusive object is a satellite of the sun and gives rise to a lunar eclipse roughly twice a year.
A round Earth, they say, on the other hand, plays no role in the phenomenon – as made apparent by the reddish hue lunar eclipses have become known for.
‘The fact that the moon turns entirely red during a Lunar Eclipse suggests that the light of the sun is flowing through the majority of the body which intersects the path of light,’ the post states.
‘Clearly an impossibility in the RE explanation.’
Instead of Earth blocking the sun’s light, The Flat Earth Society says a lunar eclipse occurs when the sun and moon align with the Shadow Object between them.
This can only happen a maximum of three times per year, the post notes.
‘The shadow object is never seen in the sky because it orbits close to the sun,’ according to The Flat Earth Society.
‘As the sun’s powerful vertical rays hit the atmosphere during the day they will scatter and blot out nearly every single star and celestial body in the sky.
‘We are never given a glimpse of the celestial bodies which appear near the sun during the day – they are completely washed out by the sun’s light.’
During a lunar eclipse, the moon passes within Earth’s umbra, which in turn casts an eerie red glow on the lunar surface as sunlight scatters through our planet’s atmosphere. A stunning image of the Blood Moon on Jan 21 is shown above, over Marseille
The Flat Earth Society even goes as far as to say this mysterious object could be a known celestial body such as Mercury, Venus, or an asteroid.
Earth’s involvement, however, doesn’t appear to be on the table.
‘As far as the Lunar Eclipse goes, there is no evidence that the shadow which manifests on the moon during a Lunar Eclipse originates from the earth at all,’ the post states.
‘That shadow could come from any celestial body intersecting the light between the sun and moon.’
A post on The Flat Earth Society’s ‘Flat Earth Wiki’ claims the lunar eclipse was not caused by the shadow of our planet as it sits between the sun and the moon, but by an entirely separate ‘Shadow Object’ that orbits too closely to the sun to be seen
WHAT IS A LUNAR ECLIPSE?
An eclipse occurs any time a planet or moon passes between another planet, moon or the sun.
Depending on their orbits, they can be total or partial.
A lunar eclipse is a specific event which happens when Earth lines up directly between the sun and the moon.
When this happens, Earth blocks the light from the sun to the moon. Earth’s shadow then falls on the moon.
During a lunar eclipse, we can see Earth’s shadow on the moon.
They can last for several hours, but it is rare for a period of total eclipse to last longer than 100 minutes.
At least two lunar eclipses happen every year.
The moon will also be slightly closer to the Earth, causing it to appear brighter than usual, dubbed a Super Moon. These unique factors, when combined, result in a ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’. This graphic shows how a lunar eclipse occurs
But, as astronomers have long known, that shadow does in fact come from Earth.
During a lunar eclipse, the moon passes within Earth’s umbra, which in turn casts an eerie red glow on the lunar surface as sunlight scatters through our planet’s atmosphere.
It’s a well-studied phenomenon, and telescopes pointed toward the eclipse during the long-anticipated event this week even captured a meteor slamming into face of the moon during totality.
The next total lunar eclipse won’t occur until May 26, 2021.