Rare black moon Wednesday offers exceptional skygazing chance

Stars light up the night sky in this file

A new moon refers to the moment when the moon's Earth-facing side is fully in shadow, which unfortunately means the "Black Moon" will be more or less invisible.

A unusual phenomenon acknowledged as a "black moon" will hover throughout skies in North The usa tomorrow.

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. New moons are separated by 29.5 days but most months are 30 or 31 days long - so it is possible to fit two new moons in a single month occasionally. Sometimes, the lunar cycle does not match up with the calendar months, causing this occurrence, Ferreri said. The latter is less common, only happening every decade or so.

So you've heard of a blood moon, and maybe even a blue moon, but what about a black moon? So that means there won't be another black moon until April 20, 2022. The remainder of the planet will see the black Moon on August 30.

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.

Will we be able to see it in the UK?

A supermoon occurs because the moon is in an elliptical orbit around the Earth.

Black Moon's may possibly be generally synonymous with New Moons, but according to EarthSky, tomorrow night's lunar confluence will have a drastic affect on tides. The alignment of the Sun, the moon and Earth leaves the area of the moon that faces the Earth in darkness, therefore hiding the natural satellite's bright white hue.

If you love looking toward the sky, Wednesday night may be a great night for you. 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.



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