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A total eclipse of the moon takes place Sunday night, and if it seems there's been a lot of those lately, you'd be correct. This will be the fourth eclipse since April 15, 2014 completing a tetrad.
But this won't be a regular old eclipse, because it comes with a heaping side order of end-times pronouncements and religious types declaring that this marks the end of the world ... again.
Their thinking is that this eclipse coincides with a "supermoon" appearance, when the moon orbits closest to Earth, an occurrence that happens several times a year. The moon also turns a shade of copper during a total eclipse, which some brand a "blood moon." That is referred to as a sign of the apocalypse in the Bible. Throw in a bunch of other seemingly unrelated world events like the Utah floods and California drought, and you've got a whole lot of doomsday talk out there.
As The Salt Lake Tribune recently reported, some Utahns have been stocking up on survival gear just in case some yet-to-be-determined megadisaster befalls the planet Sunday.
Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told their 15 million worldwide members that they should be "spiritually and physically prepared for life's ups and downs," but urged them not to take speculation from individual Mormons as doctrine and "avoid being caught up in extreme efforts to anticipate catastrophic events."
Those who want to get an up-close look at the eclipse can head to the Harmons store in Draper, where the Salt Lake Astronomical Society will host a watch party, with telescopes set up for free public use in the parking lot. The store is located at 125 E. 13800 South.
Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City also will host a viewing event from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
The eclipse starts at 7:07 p.m., with totality reached at 8:11 p.m. and lasting about 1 hour, 15 minutes.
Unless, you know, that other thing goes down.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.