Lookout for tomorrow's rare 'black' supermoon over North America


According to almanac.com, a black moon is the second new moon in a month.

A rare "Black Moon" will appear over Canada for the first time in three years tonight, but don't expect to see much.

EarthSky notes that tomorrow's new moon is also a supermoon, this means it will be taking place in conjunction with a lunar perigee - the closet level to Earth in its regular monthly orbit.

When there is a second full moon in a month, it is called a blue moon. A lunar cycle typically takes about 29 days to complete, but our months are slightly longer.

A "Black Moon" also has significance among pagans and Wiccans, with some believing the moon amplifies rituals or spells at this time, while others believe no magic should be worked on a "Black Moon", according to Witchipedia.

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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 ideal circle).

Some may use black moon to describe the third new moon in a season of four new moons.

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"We refer to a moon as a black moon when you can't see any of the moon's face lit by the sun", Ferreri said.

An unusual type of supermoon is set to take the stage this week. The first new moon happened on July 2.

The next full moon, called the "sturgeon moon", will rise on August 15.

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This year, the United Kingdom will also see three super new moons occur on August 1, August 30 and September 28.

The moon's orbit around the earth is not a ideal circle but more of an elliptical. The alignment of the Sun, the moon and Earth leaves the area of the moon that faces the Earth in darkness, therefore hiding the natural satellite's bright white hue.

So what will you be able to see in the night sky?