A precious sight of a black moon will be seen this Friday.
This September is about to end. A creepy name given to a phenomenon known as the black moon will grace the sky this Friday. This rare lunar event has not been seen since March 2014, according to AccuWeather.
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The question is what is a black moon?
Well, it does have a few definitions. It is often the second new moon within a calendar month. This is not to be mixed up with a blue moon. The latter is a second full moon in a calendar month.
Black moons can hardly be discerned in the night sky. The name says it all. Yet since the moon is hardly visible in the night sky, it is an ideal time for stargazers to get their equipment ready to scan the skies for those metaphorical diamonds which are the stars.
The currently upcoming black moon will appear at 8:11 pm in the Western Hemisphere. Yet it will not be a dark moon for people in the Eastern Hemisphere on October 1st.
However, the Eastern Hemisphere will get its own black moon by the end of October. The next time such a coincidence occurs will be in July, three years from now.
The side of the moon that is bright will not face in the direction of the earth. Such a black moon will not be a fact for the rest of the world. There is another type of black moon where there are no more new moons for the rest of the month.
Such astronomical events are of great interest to astronomers (both amateur and professional). As the people will gather above their rooftops to view the sky this Friday, there will be a spirit of camaraderie and community among them.