There's a rare cosmic event happening his week and the Daily Express have tenuously linked it to another astronomical phenomenon and have got
uncharacteristically rather worked up about it.
First some background. On Tuesday night the Mars, Earth, and the Sun will align but due to the elliptical orbits of the planets, their points of closest approach won't actually happen until the 14th of April.
By complete coincidence this is also the night of a series of four lunar eclipses this summer known as a tetrad, where the Moon will appear in the sky with a dull red glow.
Never one to let the approach of an alien body go by unnoticed, the Express have decided declare this the end of the world, as you do...
Their source? That bastion of astronomical knowledge, The King James Bible, written in 1611 around 4389 years after the Earth was created,
To back up their argument they have turned to Pastor and author John Hagee, from Texas/America's Bible Belt, an area of the world known for a distinct rational and scientific though.
He says: "This is not something that some religious think tank has put together (no, just one individual by the sounds of it).
"NASA has confirmed that the Tetrad has only happened three times in more than 500 years - and that it's going to happen now."
In an extraordinary example of linking astronomical events with world affairs to draw a tenuous link between the two while ignoring the millions of other things that happen in the world, the article then goes on to suggest previous tetrads were responsible for the Six-Day Arab–Israeli War.
Hagee said: "According to the Biblical prophecy, world history is about to change dramatically."
According to Nasa it's simply "an extraordinary series of lunar eclipses".
Best get out the binoculars and start repenting...
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