https://www.nasa.gov/feature/super-blue-blood-moon-coming-jan-31 The picture below is from that NASA site
See the Talmud’s differentiation between Solar and Lunar Eclipses
Tractate Succa 29a.
But see Rashi to Breishit 1:14
Excerpt from my article Rabbi Yissachar S. Teichtal (H”YD) A Victim of the Holocaust, Explains Why Hashem Let It Happen which might indicate that Rambam has a more hostile view towards looking for signs, based on what is observed in the sky.
Maimonides (Rambam) wrote a letter to the sages of Marsilla (probably the city of Marseilles) against the use of Astrology and within his letter he states:
“And this is what caused the loss of our kingdom and destroyed our
Temple and lengthened our exile, and brought us to this point that our fathers
have sinned and are no more, because they found many books on these matters
concerning astrology and went astray after them and imagined that these things
were exalted fields of wisdom and they have within them great value,
and they did not involve themselves in learning warfare or the
conquest of lands, rather they imagined that those matters would help
them. Therefore the prophets called them fools and idiots. Definitely fools
and idiots were they and after the vain matters that do not benefit and do not
save, being that they are vain, they pursued.” (end of the quote of the Holy
Rabbi Yissachar Teichtal commented (Eim Habanim Smeicha [Hebrew edition] ,page 175):
Behold that our master, Maimonides (Rambam) blamed
our ancestors for the destruction of our land and our Temple because they did
not engage in learning warfare or the conquest of lands, rather they wasted
their days with null and vanity and relied upon this.
why did he not blame them for not engaging in Torah and Divine Service as we
would expect him to say?
We are thus forced to answer, that
this by itself, is not sufficient. And this is accordance with the words of
Ramban (Nachmanides) in a number of places (in his commentary on the Torah)
that one does not rely upon miracles, rather one has to all that he can do by
natural means and then the assistance will come from heaven.
the 15th of Shvat is also known in Hebrew as Tu Bishvat
Tu Bishvat – The Bond Between the Jewish People and Eretz Yisrael
Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed
Written by the rabbi
Dedicated to the memory of
R. Avraham ben-tziyon ben shabtai
Tu BiShvat is the “New Year” of the fruit trees. Each year, on this day, we customarily eat those fruits for which the Torah praises Eretz Yisrael. In addition, we give praise and thanks to God for the good land which He has given us and for her fruit. By so doing, we affirm that the connection between Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael is absolute and eternal, a Divine connection, and that nobody and nothing can separate the People of Israel from their land.
Eretz Yisrael has forever been at the center of conflict; and the struggle for possession of the Land has always been an ideological one, for he who maintains possession of the Land is seen as the authentic follower of the true path, the heir and inheritor of the Divine quality. The Sages teach that the dispute between Cain and Abel was over Eretz Yisrael , for they wished to establish once and for all which of them was the true successor of Adam. They wished to determine which of them represented the essence, like a kernel, and was therefore inheritor of the Land, and which, in turn, was to be considered like mere husk. The outcome was that Abel was murdered, and the kingdom left without a successor, as it says, “And Cain went out from before God” (Genesis 4:16). That is, he left the Land of Israel, as he himself indicates: “Behold, you have banished me today from the face of the Land, and I am to be hidden from Your face.” Cain did not inherit the Divine quality and did not merit possessing the Land, but was banished from it. Not until the arrival of Seth was anybody fit to carry on the unique Divine quality of Adam; Seth, then, was the first to inherit the Land. Later, conflict arose between Isaac and Ishmael over possession of this land, and, in the end, it was Ishmael who was rejected, Isaac inheriting Eretz Yisrael . Following this, jealousy arose between Jacob and Esau over the Land, and, in the end, Esau was rejected, despite his might and Jacob’s weakness.
I noticed that in jewishpress.com someone else also posted an article about the Super Blue Blood Moon on Tu Bishvat.
It is entitled” Get Ready for Wednesday’s Once-in-150-Years Blood Moon that’s also Super Moon, Blue Moon, Lunar Eclipse and Tu B’Shvat”
That article raises the speculation, that when the Bible states: “The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood”… the part dealing with “the moon into blood” is talking about the reddish appearance of the moon during a lunar eclipse.
Of course many lunar eclipses have gone by since that prophecy was stated, so one would have to come up with a reason, why is one blood moon lunar eclipse more special than the others. I am not stating an opinion on the interpretation of the prophecy; I am just giving reference material for further research.