FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) — As you may know, we experience a new moon about once a month, but what about two in the same month? Well, that’s actually considered a ‘black moon’, but what makes this astronomical event today so special?
The life-cycle of a moon, better known as the lunar cycle, is about 29 days in length which is slightly shorter than our average month of 30 or 31 days. As time passes, we will actually experience two of the same moon phases within one month; therefore, the presence of either two new moons or two full moons is evident. Again, the second new moon of the month is considered a ‘black moon’ which is what occurs today, July 31st, while the second full moon in a month is called a ‘blue moon’.
The occurrence of the ‘black moon’ or ‘blue moon’ is often compared to Leap Year as it only happens about once every 32 months which means this is the first ‘black moon’ since 2016.
Unlike a blue moon or even a blood moon, a ‘black moon’ is not visible to the human eye as the sun is shining on side of the moon we are unable to see from Earth. Also, during this time, the moon will be considered a supermoon due to it’s closer proximity to Earth.
Again, you won’t see much…if anything tonight. But if stargazing is something you are interested in, the Milky Way is more visible during late summer.
Meteorologist Payton Domschke