Published: Wed, July 31, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Can you see tonight's Black Super Moon from the UK?

Can you see tonight's Black Super Moon from the UK?

While there's no real difference between a black moon and a regular new moon other than the fact it is occurring for the second time in a single month, the confluence of other lunar factors will make tomorrow's phase notable in other ways.

The website says the black moon will happen at 11:12 p.m. on July 31, and they happen about every 2-3 years.

If you live in the Western Hemisphere, the new moon occurring on July 31 at 11:13 p.m. EDT will be a black moon. However every 32 months or so, there are two full Moons in a month, with the first being often called Blue Moon.

This is the most common definition, which applies to the Full Moon occurring tonight.

A new moon is "practically invisible to the naked eye", so there's nothing to see during this black supermoon, according to the Almanac. So that means there won't be another black moon until April 20, 2022.

Making the celestial happening all the more intriguing is that this black moon comes when the moon is near its closest point to our planet along its orbit of Earth (the orbit is not a flawless circle).

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

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Unfortunately, stargazing fans will not be able to see the Moon from the United Kingdom tonight.

New Moons can not be seen, because they travel "across the sky with the Sun during the day", according to EarthSky.org, cited by FoxNews. It's essentially the opposite of a full moon.

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.

Though you might not be able to see it well, if you pay close attention, you'll be able to feel it.

The Moon orbits Earth in an ellipse, an oval bringing the natural satellite closer to and farther from Earth as it travels. Because it's a new moon, it will cross the sky with the sun during the day.

The Black Moon just like a New Moon will mix in with the sky, this means darkness is its defining visual attribute.

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