We have seen all kinds of attention-grabbing phases of the Moon, from “Super blood Moons” to “full worm supermoons” to even the stunning Strawberry Moon.
However, today, July 31, will mark an uncommon occurrence for Earth’s natural satellite — a phenomenon often known as a Black Moon. The uncommon celestial event will happen today in North America, marking the first occurrence since 2016. The remainder of the planet will see the black Moon on August 30.
Though there isn’t one single definition of a black Moon, based on Time and Date, it’s mostly used to characterize the second new Moon of a month. This hardly ever 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 called Blue Moon.
New Moons aren’t capable of being seen, as they travel “across the sky with the Sun through the day,” based on EarthSky.org. “However, the gravitational effect of the new moon and sun combine to physically affect our water planet, which individuals along the ocean coastlines could notice in the coming days.”
Other meanings of a black Moon include a third new Moon in a season of four new Moons; no new Moon in February; and no full Moon in February.