A black moon is coming on July 31. Here’s what that means

A black moon is coming on July 31. Here’s what that means

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.

If you live in the Western part of the globe, the black moon will appear at 11:13 p.m. EDT on July 31st.

This is also a supermoon meaning the new moon is occurring near the point in the lunar orbit that the moon is closest to Earth. The second full moon in a month is called a blue moon, and the second new moon is called a black moon. Sometimes, the lunar cycle does not match up with the calendar months, causing this occurrence, Ferreri said. This is less common than the other type of black moon, and occurs about once a decade. Don't worry though, you'll have a second chance to "spot" the black moon at the end of the month.

While tonight's Black Moon will only take place in the US, Brits will get to experience it next month on August 30, 2019.

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A Black Moon also describes the third New Moon in a season of four New Moons.

Unfortunately, stargazing fans will not be able to see the Moon from the United Kingdom tonight. And we'll be able to see this black moon over Minnesota tomorrow night. Super Blood Moons, full worm supermoons and there's also the stunning Strawberry Moon. There's no New Moon in February and neither a full Moon.

Though you might not be able to see it well, if you pay close attention, you'll be able to feel it. 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.

But following the lunar event, the moon becomes visible again the next day, appearing in the sky as a lovely waxing crescent moon. "However, the gravitational effect of the new moon and sun combine to physically affect our water planet, which individuals along the ocean coastlines could notice in the coming days".

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