May 26, 2021
Whiro to fore as moon turns blood
A battle between good and evil will be played out in the heavens tonight.
It's the rare combination of a full moon, a super moon when the moon is closest to the earth, and a blood moon, when its colour changes because of a lunar eclipse when the shadow of the earth crosses its face.
Māori astronomer Rangi Matamua says Māori traditionally have seen the full moon as a sign of plenty.
Eclipses of the moon, Marama Kutia, and the sun Rā Kutia, were a sign Whiro, the deity of disease and death, was trying to cast the world back into darkness.
The super blood moon eclipse starts at 8.47pm and goes for about five hours.
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