So eerie! A rare lunar event known as the ‘black moon’ is right around the corner for east coasters. On top of that, it will be even more phenomenal this year since it’s taking place during Halloween weekend! We’ve got all the details on the spooky sight in the night sky right here!
1.) The black moon already took place this year on the west coast!
Sky-watchers are known for checking out the lunar event, especially because it’s not exactly what you would expect. The name implies what you are about to observe, a star that actually blends in with the dark night sky, meaning you can’t really see any sign of the moon! Nonetheless, west coasters were able to check out the phenomenon on Friday Sept. 30, while east coasters didn’t get to see it until Oct. 1. Now, it’s making an appearance again!
2.) The upcoming lunar event may take place on Halloween for east coasters!
What a suiting occasion! To assist with the festivities of the ghoul-inspired holiday, the black moon will take place on Oct. 30 and Oct. 31, depending where you are located in the Eastern Hemisphere. To make it even more special, this is the only time the lunar phenomenon will occur on this time of year until 2019! So, soak up all the spookiness while you can!
3.) It’s commonly misconceived as the end of the world.
Take a deep sigh of relief. We all made it through the first black moon in Sept., meaning this one will be no different! Fingers crossed. Without the bright white moon shining in the sky, many used to fear that the rare occasion was a sign of the apocalypse, but it’s actually more so apart of the monthly cycle of the moon. It’s also not to be confused with a lunar or solar eclipse.
4.) The black moon is different from a blue moon.
Joe Rao from Space.com explained how to tell them apart,” A second full moon in a single calendar month is sometimes called a blue moon. A black moon is supposedly the flip side of a blue moon; the second new moon in a single calendar month.” Another type of black moon is when there is no new moons in a month, taking place in Feb., every five to ten years. Crazy!
5.) Even though the lunar event can’t be seen, it does make other stars more visual.
Since the only thing star-gazers will be able to witness is an all-black sky, it can be utilized as the perfect time to check out other awesome sightings like meteor showers and the milky way! It’s suggested to wait until after midnight for the best possible view.
HollywoodLifers, have YOU ever checked out the sky when there’s a black moon? Let us know!