Despite the multitude of pollsters, (and the multitude of manifesting machinations that each and every one of them employs), there will never be a foolproof way of gauging the public interest ahead of an election…especially not one as contentious as the one that America is about to endure.
No one’s math is perfect in these things, and there always appears to be some sort of unpredictable, odd factors involved in the final product.
That’s why some skywatchers are growing a little peculiar about Tuesday night’s contest, as a rather unique celestial occurrence will be helping us to usher in whatever chaos is coming.
An ominous blood moon lunar eclipse will hang in the sky as ballots are set to be tallied for the Nov. 8 general election.
The Election Day eclipse, NASA says, is the last total lunar eclipse the Earth will see for the next three years. A lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, Earth, and moon align, causing the moon to be draped in the darkest part of the Earth’s shadow, known as the umbra.
These lunar eclipses are sometimes referred to as “blood moons” due to the reddish hue that is cast onto the moon by refracted sunlight passing through Earth’s atmosphere. This phenomenon, known as Rayleigh scattering, also gives the Earth its blue skies and rose-colored sunsets.
“The more dust or clouds in Earth’s atmosphere during the eclipse, the redder the Moon will appear,” NASA says. “It’s as if all the world’s sunrises and sunsets are projected onto the Moon.”
A vast swath of our great nation will be able to witness the lunar spectacle.
If unobstructed by cloud cover, the total eclipse of the moon will be visible in the Pacific Northwest and across North and Central America. In Oregon, the eclipse will begin two minutes after midnight on Nov. 8.
With enough trouble on the horizon, many Americans aren’t going to love the idea of a Blood Moon anywhere in the vicinity.