Friday, 21 February, 2020

Lookout for tomorrow's rare 'black' supermoon over North America

A black moon is really just a new moon the only real significance is that it's the second one A black moon is really just a new moon the only real significance is that it's the second one
Sandy Nunez | 31 July, 2019, 18:23

A black moon is essentially just a second new moon in a month but can also refer to a month in which no new moons appear.

A Black supermoon would be visible tonight, 31 July, that would be completely invisible in the vast night sky.

EarthSky notes that tomorrow's new moon is also a supermoon, this means it will be taking place in conjunction with a lunar perigee - the closet level to Earth in its regular monthly orbit. This new moon is not the second one of the month, so it won't be considered a black moon. A lunar cycle typically takes about 29 days to complete, but our months are slightly longer.

Officially, the Black Moon will occur at 11:13 p.m. EDT, for the Western Hemisphere according to

Dependent on which coastline you happen to be on, the Black Moon will occur on both July 31 (for these on the east coastline) or on August 1, indicating it is possibly the next of two new moons or the initial of two. Don't worry though, you'll have a second chance to "spot" the black moon at the end of the month. The remainder of the planet will see the black Moon on August 30.

Some may use black moon to describe the third new moon in a season of four new moons.

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Unfortunately, stargazing fans will not be able to see the Moon from the United Kingdom tonight.

An unusual type of supermoon is set to take the stage this week. Super Blood Moons, full worm supermoons and there's also the stunning Strawberry Moon.

New Moons can not be seen, because they travel "across the sky with the Sun during the day", according to, cited by FoxNews.

Though you might not be able to see it well, if you pay close attention, you'll be able to feel it. So sometimes, about every 32 months, we happen to get two full moons or two new moons.

Unfortunately for us earthlings, new moons are invisible to the naked eye. It doesn't reflect any of the sun's light because the moon is lined up between the Earth and the sun.