We have seen all types of interesting phases of the Moon, from “Super blood Moons” to “full worm supermoons” to even the beautiful Strawberry Moon.
However, today, July 31, will mark a rare incidence for Earth’s natural satellite — a phenomenon referred to as a Black Moon. The rare celestial event will happen tomorrow in North America, marking the first incidence since 2016. The rest of the world will see the black Moon on August 30.
Though there is no one single definition of a black Moon, based on Time and Date, it’s mostly used to represent the second new Moon of a month. This rarely occurs outside of leap years, as lunar cycles largely take 29 days to finish. However every 32 months or so, there are two full Moons in a month, with the first being often known as a Blue Moon.
New Moons aren’t able to be seen, as they travel “throughout the sky with the Sun through the day,” in response to EarthSky.org. “However, the gravitational influence of the new moon and sun combine to physically have an effect on our water planet, which individuals along the ocean coastlines may discover within the coming days.”
Different meanings of a black Moon include a third new Moon in a season of four new Moons; no new Moon in Feb; and no full Moon in February.
Today’s black Moon will also be a supermoon, which suggests the new Moon happens at the closest level to Earth in its monthly orbit.