Blood red moon – Lunar eclipse and the Fall of the Byzantine Empire

Lunar Eclipse – a blood-red moon

Tonight it will be possible to witness a lunar eclipse across Australasia, southern Japan, a large area of Asia, India, Africa, Europe and the eastern part of South America.

A previous lunar eclipse was seen on May 22, 1453. during the siege which ended the Eastern Roman Empire, also known as the Byzantine Empire; when Byzantium / Constantinople fell to the Ottomans, which effectively split Eurasia in half and ended the last imperial system of  the Ancient World in the Northern Hemisphere.

 The siege lasted from Thursday, 5 April 1453 until Tuesday, 29 May 1453, after which the city fell ; the lunar eclipse and the ensuing blood-moon was considered to be part of the  fulfilment of a prophecy concerning the city’s demise.

More details on today’s eclipse here . . .

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