An unusual type of supermoon is set to take the stage tonight. It's called a "black supermoon" or “black moon”. What makes black moon unlike other supermoons is that it's basically invisible. Have you ever heard or seen black moon? Most of you will answer NO. Well, you must be knowing about blood moon, super moon and blue moon too.
Black moon is basically the second new moon of the month, which rarely occurs. It works similarly to a Leap Year. A lunar cycle typically takes about 29 days to complete, but months are slightly longer. So sometimes, about every 32 months, we happen to get two full moons or two new moons. The second full moon in a month is called a blue moon, and the second new moon is called a black moon.
Sound’s interesting, isn’t it? Do you wish to see black moon?
This event will only be visible tonight in the western hemisphere which includes the Americas, Canada, and a few other counties – the first one since 2016. Rest will have to wait until August 30, 2019 to see the black moon. Yes, you read it right. However, it’s nearly impossible to see the black moon, because it will blend in with the sky.
Interestingly, the moon is today also going to be a supermoon, meaning the moon will appear bigger than usual because it's closer to the Earth, but because it's a new moon you still won't be able to really see it. You can also call this phenomenon as "black super new moon." For the Eastern Hemisphere which is Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, the new moon will take place after midnight on August 1, 2019.