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A Black Moon (in some parts of the world)
North America will get the first look , while the rest of the planet will see the Black Moon on August We've seen all kinds of interesting phases of the Moon , from "Super blood Moons" to "full worm supermoons" to even the stunning Strawberry Moon. The sparse celestial event will be seen in North America, marking the first occurrence since The rest of the planet will see the black Moon on Aug. Although there is no one single definition of a black Moon, according to Time and Date , it is most commonly used to represent the second new Moon of a month. This rarely happens outside of leap years, as lunar cycles largely take 29 days to complete. But every 32 months or so, there are two full Moons in a month, with the first being known as a blue Moon. Officially, the black Moon will occur at p.
Seeing (or not seeing) a Black Moon
The term black moon refers to an additional new moon that appears in a month or in a season. It may also refer to the absence of a full moon or of a new moon in a month. One use of the term is for the occurrence of a second new moon in a calendar month. This is analogous to the by-month definition of a blue moon as the second full moon in a month. February is too short for a second new moon to occur. This event occurs about every 29 months. The assignment of a calendar date to a new moon, and in which month a second new moon occurs, depends on the time zone. However, for the Americas the date is still 30 September, making this the second new moon of September. Calculated in UTC, instances of a second new moon in a calendar month between and are: . Another use of the term is for the third new moon in a season that has four new moons.
Please refresh the page and retry. A black super new moon is the next lunar phenomenon to take place this year, when both a black moon and a super new moon will occur at the same time. There is actually no single, accepted definition for black moon, but it is used by stargazers to describe three phenomena. In most cases, it refers to the second occurrence of a new moon in a single calendar month. Some may use black moon to describe the third new moon in a season of four new moons. Each season usually sees three new moons, but a fourth takes place around every 33 months. This tends to take place every 19 years and can only happen in February because it is shorter than a lunation. A new moon is the first lunar phase, when the sun and moon are aligned and the sun and earth are on opposite sides of the moon.