From the Perseids meteor shower to an elusive black moon, sky gazers around the world have been treated to incredible sights in the past few months.
And this weekend will treat us to another rare phenomenon – a Hunter’s moon and a supermoon are set to combine. The combination will produce a red moon which appears larger than normal, and should be visible in the northern hemisphere this weekend. A Hunter’s moon, which is also a blood moon, rises much earlier in the evening than usual. It is the first full moon after the Harvest moon. Typically, the moon rises 50 minutes later each day, according to Universe Today.
But a blood moon tends to rise only 30 minutes later – shortening the time between sunset and moon rise. The red colour is caused by the moon’s proximity to the horizon. An article in EarthSky, stated: ‘The orange colour of a moon near the horizon is a true physical effect.
‘It stems from the fact that – when you look toward the horizon – you are looking through a greater thickness of Earth’s atmosphere than when you gaze up and overhead.’
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Sukkot, Feast of Taber
Sukkot or Succot (Hebrew: סוכות or סֻכּוֹת, sukkōt), in traditional Ashkenazi pronunciation Sukkos or Succos, literally Feast of Booths, is commonly translated to English as Feast of Tabernacles, sometimes also as Feast of the Ingathering. It is a biblical Jewish holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the month of Tishrei (varies from late September to late October). During the existence of the Jerusalem Temple it was one of the Three Pilgrimage Festivals (Hebrew: שלוש רגלים, shalosh regalim) on which the Israelites were commanded to perform a pilgrimage to the Temple.
Sukkot has a double significance. The one mentioned in the Book of Exodus is agricultural in nature – “Feast of Ingathering at the year’s end” (Exodus 34:22) – and marks the end of the harvest time and thus of the agricultural year in the Land of Israel. The more elaborate religious significance from the Book of Leviticus is that of commemorating the Exodus and the dependence of the People of Israel on the will of God (Leviticus 23:42-43).
The holiday lasts seven days in Israel and eight in the diaspora. The first day (and second day in the diaspora) is a Shabbat-like holiday when work is forbidden. This is followed by intermediate days called Chol Hamoed, when certain work is permitted. The festival is closed with another Shabbat-like holiday called Shemini Atzeret (one day in Israel, two days in the diaspora, where the second day is called Simchat Torah). Shemini Atzeret coincides with the eighth day of Sukkot outside of Israel.
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