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July Ends With a Rare Black Moon

September 19, 2019 | aazfmwrl | No Comments

first_img Rare Harvest Moon Will Light Up Night Sky on Friday the 13thIndia Finds Lost Vikram Lander on Moon’s Surface Stay on target A rare black moon will make an appearance on either July 31 or Aug. 1, depending on your global location. However, this strange celestial event might be hard to watch, since the moon will be almost invisible in the night sky.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 black moon is the second new moon of the month and it also refers to a month where there are no new moons at all, CNN reported.The moon is also going to be a supermoon, meaning that it will look larger than usual, so technically, you can call it a rare black supermoon. The weird part about the black moon is that skywatchers won’t get a bright lunar view, since it will blend in with the night sky.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).A new moon in the night sky. (Photo Credit: NASA Goddard)If you live in the Western Hemisphere, the new moon occurring on July 31 at 11:13 p.m. EDT will be a black moon. Eastern Hemisphere skywatchers have to wait a bit: This new moon will go into effect after 12 a.m. on Aug. 1. This new moon is not the second one of the month, so it won’t be considered a black moon. Don’t worry though, you’ll have a second chance to “spot” the black moon at the end of the month.On Aug. 30, the next new moon will be visible in all other parts of the world, except for California, Washington, and other states along the U.S. West Coast, where it will occur on Aug. 29 at 11:37 p.m. PDT. Every global vicinity that didn’t get to see a black moon in July will be able to on Aug. 30.For more information on upcoming skywatching opportunities, visit NASA’s website.More on Geek.com:Study: Moon Is 100M Years Older Than We ThoughtIndia’s Chandrayaan-2 Space Mission Launches to Moon’s SurfaceNASA Spacecraft Ready for Artemis 1 Lunar Missionlast_img read more