05/07/2021

What does the astronomical phenomenon of the Black Moon mean?

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The black moon is an astronomical phenomenon that will occur again in North America on July 31 and is the first since 2016.
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The black moon is an astronomical phenomenon that will occur again in North America on July 31 and is the first since 2016. The rest of the world will have to wait until August 30.

But what does this mean? Because it is important? Here is everything you need to know about this astronomical event, based on a CNN report.

What is a black moon?

A black moon is basically the second new moon of the month, something that rarely happens. It works similar to a leap year.

A lunar cycle usually takes about 29 days to complete, but our months are a bit longer. Then, sometimes, approximately every 32 months, we have two full moons or two new moons.

The second full moon in a month is called the blue moon, and the second new moon is called the black moon.

But a black moon also refers to a month in which there are no new moons, which is only possible in February because it has fewer days. This is less common than the other type of black moon, and occurs approximately once a decade.

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What will I see during a black moon?

Honestly, you probably won’t see anything. A black moon is really just a new moon, the only real meaning is that it is the second.

Then you won’t even see the moon, because it will mix with the sky. The moon will also be a super moon, which means that the moon will appear larger than normal because it is closer to Earth, but because it is a new moon, you still cannot really see it.

If you wanted this experience to sound even cooler, you could call it a “new super black moon.”

But a darker sky makes a better observation of the stars, and luckily, the Milky Way looks better in late summer. So, if you can get away from the city and its light pollution, you will have more luck.

Source: El Diario

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