Brendan O'Connor · 09/26/15 01:15PM

Mormon leaders have issued a rare public statement to the church’s 15 million members, advising that the confluence Sunday of a lunar eclipse and a supermoon (a “blood moon”) should not be taken as a sign of the apocalypse: “Avoid being caught up in extreme efforts to anticipate catastrophic events.”

Taylor Berman · 04/15/14 06:44AM

Last night's blood moon, as seen from Whittier, Ca. If you missed it, the next lunar eclipse will take place the night of October 8. Photo via Nick Ut/Associated Press.