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As the moon turns red on September 29th, could this signal the end of the world?

 A lunar eclipse is witnessed in Auckland, New Zealand on April 4, 2015   Photo: earthsky.com

It's said to be the day of reckoning - but will the Blood Moon prophecy and an asteroid strike end the world as predicted?

Conspiracy theorists are predicting a cataclysmic event which will destroy civilisation - because of the looming blood moon and a prophesied meteor strike.

End-of-time cranks on various blogs and websites have come up with the period between September 22-28 as the likely time frame for the impending catastrophe.

On September 28th we will see the moon turn an incredible blood colour - and some think the end of days will arrive with it.

 An artist impression of a post-Apocalyptic London     Photo: earthsky.com

However, Gemma Lavender, features editor for All About Space magazine, urges calm.

She told the Liverpool Echo: “There are claims that, with the moon getting closer to Earth, that there is an increased risk of events such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions - this is false."

“With the moon being closer to us than usual, and provided you have a clear night, observers should take advantage of the moon’s stunning lunar seas along with its beautiful craters and mountains, which can be observed with binoculars or a telescope," she continued.

Many biblical theorists maintain the event will trigger the Rapture and the start of a seven-year-tribulation.

These theories, which are restricted to tiny minority of churches and groups, have been dismissed by scientists and are thought to be well wide of the mark.

Fortunately for us, almost all asteroids are destroyed due to the extreme atmospheric friction heating they receive, breaking up into harmless shards that burn up before hitting the ground.

NASA has made asteroid detection a high priority.

A spokesperson said: "NASA knows of no asteroid or comet currently on a collision course with Earth, so the probability of a major collision is quite small.

"In fact, as best as we can tell, no large object is likely to strike the Earth any time in the next several hundred years."

They are also developing strategies to help to identify asteroids that might pose a risk of hitting Earth and developing options for planetary defence.

Nevertheless, this hasn't put off the conspiracy theorists.

It has been the subject of much speculation with conspiracy theorists predicting the end of the world.

But as the carnage proposed by the Blood Moon Prophecy creeps closer - will the biblical interpretations actually come true or will it simply offer up spectacular scenes in the night sky?

According to some planet Earth will cease to exist as we know it in around three weeks.

The end of days is being predicted by a host of people, including Jewish mystics, Christian fundamentalists and self-proclaimed prophets.

The disaster theories created by Doomsday fanatics are offering up a variety of options for how the end of days will come.

So if you're worried about impending doom, check out this handy guide to tell you everything you need to know.

What is a Blood Moon?

 Blood Moon      Photo: earthsky.com

Fans of the Twilight books are already familiar with this term, but alas it has nothing to do with blood sucking vampires.

In fact a Blood Moon is a rather spectacular sight caused by the reflection of sunlight on the Earth's atmosphere - which is red to the naked eye. The blood moon acquires a golden, copper, or even rusty-red color depending on where the sun is - and it's usually low in the sky or near the horizon.

So when is this likely to happen?

While those behind the theory claim the so-called prophecies are set to strike a blow - but they can't pin point an exact date.

The outcome of the end of days could actually be anywhere from September 21 to 28 - with some eyeing a final date of around September 23 or 24.

For those who are simply interested in watching the spectacle of the last lunar tetrad – the fourth eclipse in this trend will take place on the night of September 27 into 28.

What are the scientists saying?

If you're not sure what to believe and think the prophecy could come true - you are in good company. However it might not be time to pack your survival kit just yet or call up Richard Branson to see if you can book a spot on his space craft either.

Such is the hysteria in America, NASA have taken the unusual step of issuing a statement to clarify matters.

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