ON FRIDAY, July 27th, Irish stargazers will bear witness to the longest lunar eclipse of the century with the moon turning a distinctive blood red.
From 8:30 pm to 10:13 pm, the passing of the Earth between the sun and the moon will give the latter a red or coppery colour.
Star-gazers are advised to look towards the south-east from 9:10 pm onwards. Mars, meanwhile, will appear brighter than it has for the past 15 years as it passes closer to Earth than it has done for over a decade.
It's set to be an unmissable event and one to savour with friends and family.
However, for Indiana-based pastor Paul Begley, it could signal the start of something far more serious: the end of the world.
Well, not quite.
According to a live video streamed online by the preacher, the blood red moon won't bring about the end of the world.
just the beginning of the end.
"Let me say it again. I repeat, July 27 is not the end of the world," Begley begins the sermon.
"I say it again. I repeat, July 27, 2018, is not the end of the world but it is a sign of the apocalypse and we are in the era of the apocalypse.
"We are in the final days or the final chapter. We are getting ready to close the end of the age and it is important to understand that.
"Going forward it's going to get event crazier, so we're really, really living in the end times."
Begley pointed to several pieces of Bible scripture that he believes back up his claims.
Reading from the Book of Joel, the preacher highlighted several passages that indicate how the turning of the Moon to a blood-red colour signalled the Armageddon and second coming of Christ.
The passages from Book of Joel read: "And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.
"And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke.
"The Sun shall be turned into darkness, And the Moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord."
So get together with friends, gather round and prepare yourself for an event that, either way, is likely to be memorable.
Or just wait until the night of January 21, 2019, when another total lunar eclipse is set to occur.
The world should still be around either way. The red moon only signals the beginning of the end, after all.