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Black Moon is coming tomorrow: What that means

Black Moon is coming tomorrow: What that means”

"We refer to a moon as a black moon when you can't see any of the moon's face lit by the sun", Ferreri said.

Black moons, which typically take place roughly once every 32 months, are very unusual and sometimes only occur in particular time zones, Space.com noted.

A rare black moon will make an appearance on either July 31 or August 1, depending on your global location.

A perigree full moon, or supermoon, is seen Sunday, August 10, 2014, in Washington.

But a black moon also refers to a month where there are no new moons - which is only possible in February because of its fewer days. This new moon is not the second one of the month, so it won't be considered a black moon. A new moon is the first phase of the lunar phases and takes place when the moon and the sun have the same ecliptic longitude.

The moon's orbit around the earth is not a flawless circle but more of an elliptical.

When there is a second full moon in a month, it is called a blue moon.

Making the celestial happening all the more intriguing is that this black moon comes when the moon is near its closest point to our planet along its orbit of Earth (the orbit is not a flawless circle).

However, there are actually two types, a super full moon, the name given to a full moon at its nearest point to Earth, and a super new moon, the term used to describe a new moon at its closest approach to Earth.

Here's where it gets a bit tricky: The black moon has a different schedule in the Western Hemisphere and the Eastern Hemisphere (Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe).

New moons also rise and set at the same time as the Sun, bringing them too close to the Sun's glare. However, this odd celestial event might be hard to watch, since the moon will be nearly invisible in the night sky.



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