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The only “black moon” of 2020 adorns the night sky this week, and the event will provide a great opportunity for stargazers to see more space.
The black moon occurs approximately every 32 months and sometimes only affects certain time zones.
This means that not everyone will be able to see the moon, but the lack of moonlight will allow them to see more stars.
This year’s black moon rises in the sky on August 19 at 02:41 GMT, that is, at 22:41 ET the night before for some star-watchers in the United States.
The Black Moon usually refers to the second new moon in one calendar month, and is better defined as the third new moon in a season with four new moons.
The lunar seasons last about three months and usually feature only three new moons.
And the second moon is not visible from the planet. This astronomical event is exceptional because we witness the emergence of a full moon approximately every 29.5 days.
The new moon is a phase in the lunar cycle where it can barely be seen from the earth because the side that is not illuminated by the sun faces us.
This celestial event occurs when the moon passes through the same part of the sky as the sun passes, so the dark side of the moon faces the planet.
There are even rarer times for such an event, when a new moon passes between the Earth and the sun, leading to a solar eclipse.
The black moon may not be an exciting event in itself, being invisible, but it provides an additional opportunity for stargazers to take advantage of the moon’s lack of light.
Astronomers can take advantage of this event to get great shots of the Milky Way.
Source: The Sun